The Bible encourages us to manage our emotions.
Proverbs 15:18 says, “A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.”
Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God.”
Identifying and managing emotions can be challenging for adults. How much more difficult is it for children?
Kids experience big feelings inside little bodies and can easily be overwhelmed and confused by their feelings. And if they don’t understand their feelings, they won’t have the language they need to talk about them. And if they don’t talk about them, they can’t ask for or receive help.
The problem is, helping children find the words to identify their emotions and express them is like trying to explain the color blue.
We’re offering tips to help your children organize and make sense out of their feelings on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Helping Children Understand How They Feel” with our guests Dr. Josh and Christi Straub, authors of the picture book for children called What Am I Feeling?
Our conversation will help you understand how to help your children manage their feelings in healthy ways, a skill that will benefit them in every relationship throughout their adult years – from their careers to their own marriage and parenting.