Smiles: Electric and Contagious

by Shayna Whitehouse, PhD, School Psychologist, Healthy Learning Paths’ Instructor, and Mom

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What is a smile?

♥  A friendly communication
♥  A connection between people
♥  A sign of happiness and enjoyment
♥  A reflection of humor
♥  A shared moment of joy
♥  A picture of kindness

 

 

What do smiles make better?

♥  Your health
♥  Your overall mood
♥  Your relaxation
♥  Your connection with others
♥  Your happiness
♥  Your experience everyday

I was reminded of the power of smiles and the importance of spreading them when I was teaching about communication at a partner school.  The children had to communicate together to get a ball from one side of the room to the other and make sure that all classmates were included.  While they were passing the ball, they looked each other in the eyes, smiled and said their neighbors’ names to pass the ball.  It was electric and contagious!  When one student received a smile, they passed it to the next student along with the ball!  Soon, each student was smiling and giggling!  And the ball made it across the room with ease.  A smile is a simple gesture that conveys so much and enhances the feelings of joy and sharing between children and adults.

February is a month of connection and kindness.  Our society gives us plenty of reminders to share the celebration of connection and love with our family.  But this lesson from the classroom made me realize how important it is to share a simple connection with others.  A smile serves as a friendly gesture, a shared moment with another, an infection that increases the well-being of others.  A smile often breaks walls, changes a tense moment into a relaxed moment, or provides an offer of connection to someone who may really need it.  Did you ever imagine that you have the power to help someone simply by sharing a smile?

As we enter the month of February, let’s remember to share special moments with our family and loved ones.  Let’s make an active effort to smile with others.  Smiles improve your mood, your overall health, and quite possibly spread a little bit of joy and connection to others, lightening everyone’s load!

Be healthy and happy, and share a smile!

What If Challenges Are Opportunities in the New Year?

by Chris Marchioni, MD, Executive Director Healthy Learning Paths

IMG_20140826_184807_269With the New Year, comes new opportunities and challenges.  What if all of our challenges are simply unrecognized new opportunities?  Could this be the key to solving the many challenges we face?  What if the power to make this world better for our children lives in each of us?

Listening to children helps us recognize this power lives in each of us.  A grateful mother shares her true story of a young child named Miguel.  Miguel was a typical active boy, curious with innocent eyes, and full of excitement for exploration of life even when struggles crossed his path.  Like many children, he hungered for learning through first-hand experience.  One morning Miguel rushed out of bed bright and early before others were awake.  His mother heard a noise and was startled to find Miguel with his face pressed against the sliding glass door.  “Miguel, what are you doing up so early?” she asked.  With a wide smile and saucer eyes, Miguel answered, “I can’t wait to see what the sun will bring for the new day!”  He stood ready to welcome whatever the new day would bring.  For Miguel, every challenge was a welcomed opportunity to conquer.

The image of this young child’s spirit burns in my mind.  What if each of us carried such excitement for every new day?  Each day is an opportunity to act to help someone.  Each new day is an opportunity to be an advocate for a child. Children are doing the best they know how to do.  They depend on guidance from caring adults.  A simple act of kindness such as listening to a child makes a difference.  Taking the time to play outside with a child shows play is healthy for all of us.  Advocating for the safety of children sends a message that we care about children and they are important.  Each of us has the power to turn challenges children face in health into opportunities.  No one can take away all the pain and suffering of mental and physical illness for children, but each of us can take away some.

Let’s be a voice for the child who has no voice.  Let’s work together to help children experience the joys of being healthy.  Health is not a number, shape, or size.  Health is a state of being.  A state in which we develop the tools to keep our minds, bodies, emotions, and spirits in balance.  A state where we can be excited about what the sun will bring for every new day during this New Year!

What is the Most Precious Gift for Kids this Holiday Season?

By Chris Marchioni, MD, Executive Director, Healthy Learning Paths

IMG_20140524_154328_596What is the most precious gift for kids this season?  This is a question that many of us ask our family, friends, and search the web in pursuit of pleasing children of all ages with the latest, most coveted toys and gadgets.  Some say it is the latest Star Wars toys and games, while others look to flying drones, and still others look for the newest smart phones, watches, or other technological advances.  While these gifts may hold our children’s attention, what holds their hearts?

Each year, we work with more than a thousand children.  What lights up their faces and fills their hearts does not come in a box and it is not wrapped with ribbons.  What calms their fears and comforts them, when faced with the chaos of uncertainty that children are exposed to in today’s culture is love.  Love that is simple and pure, such as being there to listen to a child who is hurt and lonely.  Love that is kind, such as putting the mental and physical needs of the child above your own.  Love that is patient and understanding, nonjudgmental and unconditional.  Love that can only be offered by giving the gift of your time to children.

While it is easy to shower children with toys and gadgets, these are far from the most precious gifts, we have to offer children of all ages.  These are not the gifts that fill a child’s heart or mind with peace and joy.  Although, we may be led to believe the material gifts are what children seek most, this is only a result of magnificent marketing.

Have you ever asked a child what she or he treasures most?  Just yesterday, one mother shared this story.  “My company is down-sizing and I, unfortunately, am one of the employees that is being let go.  I have a long history with my company, so I am worried about what opportunities are out there for someone my age.  But then I hear the voice of my five year old daughter.  She is asking if she can spend more time with me.  Some days, she does not want to go to school because she wants to be with me.  I can’t wait to tell her that in a few months, she will have more time with Mommy!”

The gift of time with your children is the most precious gift.  Giving your time to children makes a lasting impression of love that fills your child’s heart for a lifetime!

“Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back.” explains Rick Warren in The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?

Happy and Healthy Holidays!

Healthy and Happy Tips for Fall

By Virginia Hrywnak DO, Healthy Learning Paths’ instructor, imperfect parent of 2 school-aged daughters, family physician, avid reader, and hiker.

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Fall is a busy time of year.  School is in full swing.  The holidays are fast approaching with many fun activities to experience.

 

Here are some ideas to “Be Well, Learn Well” with your kids this Fall.

  • Try to get outdoor play time every day. A few minutes before or after school or work make a difference. Playing in colorful leaves, a quick game of flashlight tag, or a nature walk are fun ways to enjoy the changing season.
  • Visit your public library and read books about the season.
  • Try a new craft activity. Collect different leaves or paint and decorate pumpkins and gourds.
  • Finding time to cook a healthy dinner can be really challenging with after school activities, but it’s a sure way to bring a smile to everyone! Save time by using the crock-pot or slow cooker once a week!
  • Staying up late on weekends and sleeping in on cool mornings are so tempting! But kids do best with a consistent sleep routine.  School-aged kids need 10-11 hours of sleep every night.
  • Get the entire family their flu vaccine. Influenza is a serious illness that no one wants.
  • Give back to your community. Explore ways to share your time, donate food, or household goods to those in need.   These acts of kindness teach kids empathy, compassion and the importance of community.
  • Schedule downtime. Yep- schedule it!  Plan ahead so everyone gets some relaxing, restful, hang out time together at least once a week.
  • Cold and flu season is here. Handwashing with soap, water, and rubbing those hands together is so important.  Model it for your kids, sing the ABC’s together, and talk about how kids have the power to make healthy choices.  Let teachers know that you appreciate their support of proper hand washing during the school day, as this leads to less missed school due to illness.
  • Catch your kids making healthy choices. Celebrate their efforts and hard work at home and at school.

Happy and Healthy Fall!

Community: Feeling Valued, Necessary, Needed, and Safe

by Shayna Whitehouse, PhD, School Psychologist, Instructor,  &  Community Member

photo 4Having and feeling part of a community is necessary for everyone – it’s a human need. We all want to and need to feel we belong and are needed in our homes, our schools, and our communities. This need is genuine for all babies, toddlers, preschoolers, children, teenagers, and adults. Having these connections help us feel important, necessary, and valued. They help us know we have a place to go to feel safe and accepted. When we feel we belong, we feel we matter. When we have a place where people value us, we are better able to face any challenge. In school, when children and teenagers feel they are necessary and valued, they are free to focus to learn, able to participate, and excited to contribute. A sense of belonging and community increases school safety, school completion, and academic achievement.

Some individuals are lucky and feel this belonging everywhere they go. But others have some parts of their day that they feel disconnected, not wanted, excluded and alone. To truly support each other, we need to foster a sense of belonging with others in locations around us and in the activities in which we participate. We need to search for community for ourselves, and we need to build a community for our children.

Connect with your children’s teachers. Greet them during drop off and pick up. Ask, email, or call to gather an update about progress. When we feel connected to the teacher and school, it increases the connection our children feel. It also prevents difficulties from arising.

Stop and talk to other parents at your children’s school. Sometimes we are in a hurry and cannot stop long, but on the days when you have more time, take a moment to connect. Play dates grow from these connections, which forms a community for our children. Parents discuss fun experiences and express the trials of parenthood too. We need that time with each other to feel supported and that we are not alone in the world.

Search out activities you as a parent might enjoy. As parents we need to remember to relax once in a while and to connect with others. This connection may look like a formal group at a religious organization, a class at a recreation center, a walk with a neighbor, a meeting with a mothers’ or fathers’ group, or having a cup of coffee with another parent at the park while watching your children play. Find an activity that helps you feel connected and engaged with others.

Search out activities your children may enjoy. Think about opportunities where they can feel connected with and accepted by others. Be ready to try out different activities and experiences because children’s interests and needs develop and change as they grow. Having a place where they feel connected fosters their sense of value.

Keep on communicating and connecting at home. Talk, connect with eye contact, put down electronic devices, ask about each other’s day, listen and respond with empathy. Celebrate your traditions, and learn new ones together. Play games together, cook together, eat together, read together, laugh together, and sometimes you might need to cry together too. This connection builds the sense of community in our houses and lays the foundation for always having a safe place to come back to, even when we had challenges in school, work or other places during the day.

Community is something we need at every age to feel connected and to make it through any challenges we encounter. Everybody’s sense of community is different, but everyone needs one to feel valued, necessary, needed and safe. Together we can build it for ourselves and lay the foundation for our children.

What’s Your Goal?

By Chris Marchioni, MD, Healthy Learning Paths, and parent

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“Healthy Learning Paths makes me feel that I am not alone and other parents face some of the same challenges.”

Kids will be back to school soon. Some parents want their kids to make new friends, like their teacher, or even do better in math. But have you ever asked your child, “What is your goal this school year?”  You may be surprised to learn what your child has to say.

All kids can set individual goals and parents can help kids learn this skill.  The most important goals go beyond reading, writing and arithmetic.  In fact, medical research shows your child’s health is the key to success in school.  The health of the child ranks much higher than technology, school choice, or classroom size for educational success.  So if you haven’t started yet, this is the perfect time to set a health goal or two with your child.

What is a health goal?  It is a goal for mental, physical, or social emotional health of a child. Mental health is the health of the brain.  The brain controls everything for the body, mind, emotions, and learning. Physical health is the health of the heart, muscles, bones, and other parts of the body.  Social emotional health is how kids react to others and care about others.  It is a very important part of health to be connected to and understand each other as humans.

Each year, we ask hundreds of parents what their health goals are for their children. Parents are encouraged to discuss goals with their children.  We partner with parents to make a plan of action to achieve their goals.  We love the honesty and genuine concern parents show when sharing these goals.  Here are some health goals parents shared with Healthy Learning Paths last year. See what you think.

“I am worried about his emotional feelings and behavior.”

“Keep him away from the video games.”

“I would like JJ to drink more milk, stay healthy, get more sleep, and to laugh more. I love to see him happy. It’s good for the heart and soul.”

“I want my son to like more veggies and eat more fruit. Less time in front of the TV.”

“Better sleeping habits. Not so sick so often.”

“To have her learn to ride a bike. She has learned to use a scooter this year.”

“To exercise more and eat less sugar treats! To stop sucking her thumb.”

“Have regular bowel movements.”

“Stop eating bakery goods, soft drinks, fast food, fried things, and eat more healthy with fruits and vegetables.”

“I want her to eat a whole complete meal without complaining.”

I would like for Liz to improve how well she washes her hands. I would like for her to improve the variety of vegetables she eats.”

“To keep him active, safe, and healthy.”

“To drink more water and to get through winter colds without lingering congestion.”

“My goal is to keep Leah active, healthy and happy.”

“I teach my daughter why it is always good to live with care.”

“To brush his teeth more and get him to drink more water and milk. He won’t.”

“Better sleep patterns.”

“Take more control and be more independent.”

“More activity, less screen time, and independent teeth brushing in the morning.”

“My goal is that my child is very healthy by having good physical and mental development.”

As one parent writes, “Healthy Learning Paths makes me feel that I am not alone and other parents face some of the same challenges.”  How true.  We share many of the same challenges when trying to do our best for kids.  We are in this together and together, we can help and learn from each other.

Share your health goal for your child with us on facebook. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

Create a Happy and Healthy Summer: Sun + Warmth + Free Time + Family Fun = Summer!

By Shayna Whitehouse, PhD, School Psychologist, Healthy Learning Paths’ Instructor, and parent

“Play is a powerful way to keep children’s brains healthy, emotions happy, and muscles strong.”

As a parent, I always look for ways to keep summer relaxed and entertaining. I relish the time with my children, and I search for ways to make everyday fun, engaging, and full of play.  Play is a powerful way to keep children’s brains healthy, their emotions happy and their muscles strong. Healthy Learning Paths wants to share a list of 5 ideas for everyday play that engage children’s brains and bodies. Together we can keep children happy and healthy!

  • Cook together! Give your child a small task to do to help prepare a meal. He can work with the batter, knead the dough, help put sandwiches together, set fruit on the table, or place plates out for all family members. You can even see if your child has an idea for a food to eat. Including children when shopping for and preparing meals helps them try new foods and learn what is healthy for their bodies. This time together also gives family members opportunities to communicate and bond.
  • Hop, skip and jump! And run and climb, and twirl, and swing and slide. Any outdoor exercise is good for your child’s body and mind! Exercise makes her brain feel healthy and happy by helping the brain balance all of its chemicals. Exercise also helps children develop big motor coordination, balance, and muscle strength all over the body. Exercise helps reduce stress and worries and maintain healthy sleep, even with sunnier days.
  • Find an outside canvas! In summer, our sidewalks and driveways become our canvas. Your child can use sidewalk chalk or water with a rag or paintbrush to sketch a rocket ship as it lands on the moon, draw a hopscotch game, write numbers or letters, experiment with colors, or draw anything from his imagination. All children love to create and imagine and finding a big canvas outside helps bring these ideas to life. Drawing helps children develop arm and wrist stabilization, which is important for writing and learning in school.
  • Entertain when it rains. When the rain is coming down it can be hard to think of activities to keep child busy. Pull out a muffin tin and ask her to help sort different objects, like different shaped noodles, various beans, buttons, and coins. Put flour on a cookie sheet and let her draw. Start a rainy day puzzle that you revisit each rainy moment. Find a deck of cards and play “Match my Number” or “Match my Shape”. Let your child create an inside obstacle course (crawl under the chair, climb over the couch, move like a snake under the table, hop over the pillows). Play Hide and Seek. Build a fort with pillows and blankets. Or curl up with your child’s book choice and read the story and talk about the pictures in the books.
  • Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers. Sometimes as parents, we are so busy trying to keep our children moving and having fun that we forget about ourselves. Remember to take your own moments to breathe, stretch, exercise, and relax. As parents, we are much more able to spend quality time with our children when we are relaxed and balanced too. Also, children learn how to create balance in their lives when they see parents create it in theirs.

Everyday activities we do with our children help us bond and connect today and form the memories we will cherish and smile about in the future. We hope you have a happy and healthy summer full of memories in the making!

Kindness, Pass It On

by Shayna Whitehouse, PhD, School Pyschologist, Healthy Learning Paths’
Instructor, and scholar of kindness

GWC_6028“The best portion of a man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.” ~William Wordsworth

We are part of multiple communities – small ones like our family and our neighborhoods and large ones like our country and even our world.  We may learn of events that occur in any of those communities that sadden us or frustrate us, and when we hear of these events, we can encourage compassion and caring through our everyday actions.  We can choose to demonstrate kindness to others and to model to the youth in our communities that kindness and compassion connects us all.  The act of receiving and giving kindness helps us feel like a needed part of our communities and joins us as humans.

Showing and demonstrating kindness not only fulfills needs for someone else but it fulfills needs within us.  When we help another person or being, we experience strong feelings of satisfaction, pride, and contentment.  Our own perception of happiness increases.  Experiencing these emotions helps us feel that we are important within our communities and that we are needed and valued by others.

How do we encourage kindness in our children?

  • Model it: When with your children, model kindness and humor in your interactions with them and when you are interacting with other members of the community. Ask others how they are feeling and listen to their responses.  Extend a helping hand when someone needs it.  Afterward, talk about how everyone needs help now and then, and it is important to provide the help when you can.  That helping makes the heart of a community.
  • Praise it: When you observe your child extend kindness and compassion to another, reflect on it and state your pride in his behavior. Ask if he feels the positive emotions like pride, satisfaction, contentment, and happiness.  Reinforce that by showing kindness to another your child is a necessary member of your community.  It takes helpers to make a community thrive.
  • Mention it: When you are watching a movie or reading a book with your child, mention when a character engages in caring acts or chooses kind words to talk with another. Ask your child when she has noticed others using the same type of kind behavior and language.
  • Live it: Search out experiences that will let you share kindness with others. These experiences may be volunteering at a community center, a nature preserve, an animal shelter, a phone hotline, or a housing shelter.  When we live it, we can sincerely feel the positive emotions that we receive.  We can speak about and share the experience, which in turn encourages others to participate, allowing kindness to multiply through the community.

By extending kindness and care to others, we can create connections in our communities for our children, others and ourselves.  These connections remind us that we are human, and we need each other to live.  Our individual acts of kindness and compassion may not be remembered, but these acts create the relationships.

Speak Up!

By Virginia Hrywnak, DO, Deputy Executive Director of Healthy Learning Paths, family physician, and imperfect parent of 2 school- aged daughters

2013FlapjackFundraiser “I speak not for myself but for those without voice…those who have fought for their rights… their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of  opportunity, their right to be educated.”
                          Malala Yousafzai

“There is a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak,”  explains Simon Sinek.  How can we raise kids that speak up for others?  Kids who are kind, compassionate, and caring?  Research shows that kids learn more from the ACTIONS of their parents than their WORDS.

Here are some scenarios to think about –

  1. When your kids are playing in a group sporting event are the adults emphasizing winning more than having fun, being active and showing good sportsmanship?
  2. At school, do you want your kids to speak up and tell a trusted adult when a classmate is showing signs of sadness, seems down, or is acting different than usual?
  3. Is any bullying tolerated, allowed, or ignored?  Are kids given the impression that they have to figure it out on their own?

Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist, who runs the Making Caring Common project found surprising results in a new study released by the group. “About 80 percent of the youth in the study said their parents were more concerned with their achievement or happiness than whether they cared for others.  The interviewees were also three times more likely to agree that, ‘My parents are prouder if I get good grades in my classes than if I’m a caring community member in class and school.’”  Disturbing stats right?  So where do we start?  What can we as parents, educators, and members of our community do?

Here are some tips:

  1. Get started.  Kids are never too young to learn kindness, and it’s never too late to start.  Even toddlers can be taught to be gentle with toys, pets, and others.
  1. Keep trying.  Practice. Practice.  Practice.  Most kids need lots of positive support, using examples and frequent “real life” reminders to fully grasp a concept.
  1. Everywhere, every time.  Don’t let kids spit in your face, slap you, or grab your hair. Not ever.  Gently, but firmly tell them they may not continue with the behavior.  Be consistent.  Don’t laugh at such behavior because that sends a mixed and confusing message.
  1. Kindness is its own reward.  Don’t reward kids for being kind. When kids think they’re only being kind for a reward, it takes away the deeper meaning of the act.
  1. Role play.  Don’t assume.  When kids can’t grasp why what they did was mean, ask them how they would feel in the other person’s shoes. This can help them be less likely to hurt others in the future.
  1. Build others up.  Don’t focus on building your child’s ego.  Their desires, needs, and wants should not always come before others’. Discuss feelings.
  1. Keep it real.  Don’t dismiss or minimize a negative emotion, such as: “It’s not that bad,” or “You’re fine.”  Never punish negative feelings. This can be tough. Allow your child to express negative feelings and then work through them together.  As your child understands her/his own feelings, she/he will become more sympathetic and more empathetic.
  1. Talk about it.  Discuss the feelings of others in everyday conversations.  Use examples from your day.  Talk about how events are associated with specific emotions.  For example: “Poor children who don’t have food feel happy to receive food.”
  1. Even when it’s a special day or a regular day,  pay attention to your actions and to the lessons you are teaching.  When you’re driving and stuck in traffic, or standing in a long line, kids are watching.  Even on their birthdays, vacations, weekends, and holidays, make sure kids know it’s still important to be kind.
  1. Kindness starts at home.  You are your child’s first and most important teacher. Don’t expect grandparents, teachers, counselors, or babysitters to teach your children to be kind.  Find a way to serve and give as a family.  Donate your time, toys, books, or small amounts of money to needy children.  Never force it, but encourage participation.  Your child will learn so much from your example.  It’s your job; and it’s a gift.

I’ll close with a quote from one of my favorite children’s book authors- Jamie Lee Curtis “Is There Really a Human Race?” book:

“So, take what’s inside you and make big, bold choices.  And for those who can’t speak for themselves, use bold voices.  And make friends and love well, bring art to this place.  And make the world better for the whole human race.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feelings Are Fantastic!

By Shayna Whitehouse, PhD, School Psychologist, Instructor for Healthy Learning Paths

GWC_5964 Pride.  Accomplishment.  New  Found Confidence.  Satisfaction.  Contentment.

Wow! What a list of fantastic feelings!  While busily stocking the food lines at the Healthy Learning Paths’ RACE4Kids’ Health 5k in April, I overheard families and children say that they felt these strong, positive feelings.  How incredible!  They ran or walked the race and felt a sense of accomplishment and pride from their participation and hard work.  Hearing these words made me realize how important our vocabulary is for these and other feelings.

Feelings are fantastic!  They help us communicate what we feel, recognize what others feel, demonstrate empathy, and engage in meaningful connection with each other.  Learning many words to describe feelings is important to foster our ability to accurately label our changing feelings and ask for help to manage intense feelings successfully.  Being able to label personal feelings helps us all know what we need to regulate intense emotions or respond to feedback we receive from others.  Being able to label the feelings of others helps us all recognize how we can share in the emotional experiences of others, show empathy and offer compassion, or begin to engage in social problem solving.

How can we build feelings vocabulary for our children?

  • Feelings are fun! Label them when you feel them, use multiple words for them.  Instead of happy, say “I am ecstatic!”  Instead of sad, say, “I’m blue.”
  • Draw faces showing different feelings on a paper together with your child. She can help decide how the mouth should be shaped and the eyes and eyebrows should be formed.  Use your own faces as models for these drawings.  Use these drawings each day to help describe how members of the family feel in the morning or at night.  Add words to the faces to describe the faces when you use them to expand your child’s vocabulary.
  • Play “Guess my Emotion” where each member of the family chooses an emotion to act out to others so they can guess the emotion based on body and face appearances.
  • At the library, choose picture books of faces with different emotions and talk about how you know what the character is feeling from the picture.
  • Talk about how you can tell your child is feeling based on how her face and body look. Is she slouching with a frown?  Is she standing straight, jumping up and down and laughing?  Describe these face and body appearances to help her connect the words to the feelings.
  • When you feel a strong feeling, say, “I feel…” It is helpful to learn how to say, “I feel…” to help communicate strong and intense feelings to ask for help, to ask someone to share in experiences or to begin communicating to solve a problem.
  • Reinforce when your child labels her own emotions. You can even say, “Now I know what you need and how I can help.”  It is hard sometimes to say what we feel, especially when we feel strong, uncomfortable emotions.  Reinforcing and complimenting your child when she says her feelings will help her learn that stating them is positive and can help her manage intense emotions.
  • Have fun with coming up with words to describe emotions. Brainstorm together, try out different words together, add to your lists together.

It is fantastic to have many feelings.  Feelings are present and changing all the time, whether it is after your family completes a 5K or just getting ready to begin the day.  Helping your child develop understanding of them is a great way to connect and begin to talk about all feelings, pleasant and uncomfortable. Experiencing and learning about feelings together can be fun!

Want to learn more?  Try these resources:

Books on feeling vocabulary:
Understanding Myself (feelings children have), by Mary C. Lamia
The Way I Feel, by Janan Cain
The Feelings Book, by Todd Parr
Today I Feel Silly: and Other Moods that Make My Day, by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell

Web resource for feeling faces:
http://www.freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com/feeling_charts.htm
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