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Emotional Squeezies

Our children remind us how emotions play a big role in life everyday. To set them up for interpersonal success, it is important to practice recognizing and expressing emotions in our homes every day.

BIG emotions such as jealousy, anger, sadness can be overwhelming for little people and are often accompanied with physical sensations which can cause the child to start hiting, biting, pushing others around them. Naturally, as parents/caregivers, the response would be to either control the child’s body by holding him/her back or maybe even raise your voice at him/her. However, when we step back, we are able to see why wome children feel helpless when it comes to managing Big Emotions, with this understanding, we can better support our children by empowering them and providing them with reassurance.

Activity:

DIY Emotional Squeezies

What you need:

• balloons

• black sharpie

• rice

• lavender oil

Directions:

1. Draw a face that portrays a big emotion.

2. Fill each balloon with raw rice.

3. Add a few drops of lavender.

4. Tie the balloon up.

Everytime your child is overwhelmed. Get down to their level and ask, “what emotion are you feeling?” and tell your child to pick the squeezie that he/she can relate to. Then tell your child to squeeze it with all his/her might to relieve that emotion and then ask them how they feel after.



This post first appeared on MOM BLOG: Tips On Surviving Your First Year Parenting, Preemie Parenting, Step Parenting, please read the originial post: here

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