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One of the greatest powers we have as parents is the power to ACKNOWLEDGE and HONOR our child's unique internal landscape. Books can help provide a child with a verbal map - one their child can use to begin to share their internal world. Many parents find it helpful to use books to introduce basic terms and definitions of feelings. Learning to identify and verbalize internal feeling states lays the foundation for important life skills like impulse control, problem solving and conflict resolution.
The following early childhood books are particularly effective at introducing terms and desciptions of basic feeling states. Young children seem to appreciate the fun, playful and creative way these authors present human emotions!
The Feelings Book by Todd Parr
Lots of Feelings by Shelly Rotner
How Are You Peeling?: Foods with Moods by Freymann & Elffers
The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuess
Deanne Yaklin, LCSW Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist