Feelings, nothing more than feelings
So many emotions in one little body! Children can learn to process and manage all of these feelings through the guidance of caring adults and books that show them that it is okay to feel angry, sad, or happy!
For babies, the concept of emotions can be quite abstract. Books that show other babies smiling, crying, or laughing are a good way to introduce tiny humans to emotions. Babies LOVE looking at pictures of other babies.
For tots, books that show different emotions and how characters handle those emotions are effective at teaching them that it is okay to express their anger or be really silly sometimes.
For preschoolers, books can show them how their actions can affect the emotions of the people around them. Books that show children having a tantrum and an adult figure teaching the child how to handle their anger are great first forays into discussions about strategies for handling anger.
There has been a great deal of ink and pixels devoted to people worrying about whether the technological age we live in will cause the human race to become disconnected and negatively impact their ability to empathize. Sharing books about emotions with children and talking openly about feelings will help children begin to build empathy for others.
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