Emotions are powerful things that are hard to control and understand for most adults, let alone small kids. My four-year-old feels everything in extremes. She’s elated or sobbing, angry or cuddling…there’s not a lot of room in the middle. Often when she’s in the middle of a big emotional episode, we’ll tell her to calm down and she’ll say, “I CAN’T!” We did some research and found some great books that have helped her understand her emotions a little better, and I wanted to share them in case you find yourselves in the same position.
When Katie gets angry, she turns into her alter-ego, Bombaloo. We love this book because we had a long-standing joke that our daughter became a different person when she was angry. Annie loves it, too, and is now even in on the joke.
The colors and illustrations of Sophie’s world do wonders to demonstrate exactly how the young girl is feeling. We like this book because it shows there are no easy fixes: calming down takes time, but it’s worth it.
This great book shows just how powerful words can be. Negative words can have a ripple effect – but, in an even better twist on the lesson, positive words move just as quickly. I love this one.
I firmly believe that it’s important to find your kid’s currency, and nothing is more important to my daughter than her friends. The idea that her actions could make her friends stop liking her really got through to her.
I personally could REALLY relate to this one, and wish it had been around when I was a kid. I often blurted out whatever came to mind, and my daughter already has a tendency to do the same. This book has really helped her control the urge to interrupt and, if I’m being honest, it’s helped me, too.
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