Emotions: Opening up lines of communication 

It's time to start talking about how we're feeling. 

Inspired by Mr. Rogers,  TED Radio hour's episode about fear, and School of Life's video about Emotional Technology, we think it's time to start talking to our children (and to each other) about how we feel. 

“When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.” 
― Fred Rogers
Silas looking at the Emotions Cards

So how do we start talking?

We just decide, one day, to do it.

It can be in the heat of the moment, or when there's a quiet time. We can just talk together. It doesn't have to be thought out, it doesn't have to be a long conversation. It just has to start somewhere.

Why should we do this with our children? Because it shows we care about their feelings. It shows them that we're with them.

Why should we, as adults, do this in front of our children? Because it models a positive behavior for them. It shows that adults feel too. It shows them that we are growing humans too! 

Silas, Marie-Claire and Owen talking about feeling silly.

Adults are still learning how to heal, how to be mad without hurting anyone, to be sad, how to be happy, how to let go, how to be present in the moment. 

We think it's time to start talking with our children about how we feel.

One of the reasons we made the Emotions deck was that we wanted children to talk, but more so, we wanted adults to talk with their children. We wanted them to ask their children, "What happened to make the girl feel this way?" or "Why do you think he's happy?" and then just talk. 

Just start. Need some help? Check out our Emotion Resources area here on the site. For videos, printables, games, and more.