A Jar of Emotions: Talking About Feelings

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A few days ago, the Mellow Man asked me how our dog Angus seemed at the vet.  I believe I said, “He seemed dejected.  I think he felt abandoned, and he had this lonely, depressed look about him.”  The Mellow Man asked me how many other ways I told tell him that the dog appeared sad.  You see, I’m big on feeling words.  In part, it may be due to an occupational hazard of being a psychologist, but I think I was probably hardwired to talk about my emotions.  My mother has always told me that you always know how I’m feeling– I never hold back.   Emotion words are powerful, and I think they are really important for kids to learn how to use.  In honor of the fabulous, new Disney movie, Inside Out, I’ve created a Emotion Awareness dinner table activity that is perfect way to start talking about emotions with kids in your family.  It’s a “Jar of Emotions.”

My Mom Made That: A Jar of Emotions, Conversations Starters for Emotional Awareness in Kids #InsideOutEmotions [Read more…]