As an individual, there are several emotional moments we experience throughout our lives. Getting to know your feelings and understanding them is an essential part of growing up, but discovering emotions does not come naturally. At one point, we all want to take out our frustration on something; whether it is a pillow, a punching bag, etc. Or even when you want to lay down at the end of a really stressful day. Grown individuals know how to control themselves when taking out their frustration. Children on the other hand, lack self-control and do whatever comes to their mind.
Young children resort to being physical when words don’t come easily because they don’t know how to express their feelings. For Pre-school aged kids, this can be very hard for them because they are entering a learning environment filled with other young kids who are also lacking in self-regulation. When their ice cream falls off their cone, or their sandcastle gets destroyed, that’s when the tantrum starts. The question is, how do we help them find ways to carry on? Professionals say that the best way is to find words for them to describe their emotions.
As a parent, it is essential to teach children new words to express their thoughts. They are getting to know their feelings and discovering some for the first time which would obviously not be easy for them.
As a parent or guardian, you need to support your child in developing a wide range of vocabulary words for their emotions so that they could tell us how they feel. Using specific and new words to describe anyone’s feelings can boost your child’s emotional vocabulary. This leaves them with having a wide range of vocabulary that’ll help express their feelings.
So how do we help your child build a large emotional vocabulary?
We got you covered.
Help your child understand feelings
Start by finding easy words that your child can understand. You could use picture books to look for facial expressions on characters. By doing this, you will help your child use words to describe how they feel instead of crying or screaming. They could also do vocabulary tests in Spell Quiz to support their learning.
Talk about your feelings
After you explain something to your child, remember to end it with an example. Talk about your feelings to them and show how you express these emotions. As a parent, you are your child’s best role model. They will imitate your actions and communication. So it would be best if you are careful about how you express your emotions when you are angry or frustrated.
Feeling words examples
It would be best if you replaced commonly used feeling words with more advanced ones to grow your child’s vocabulary. For example
Instead of “I am feeling bad.” teach them to say, “I am unsatisfied.”
Instead of “I am feeling happy.” teach them to say, “I am feeling delighted.”