Stories to work on emotions with children

Stories to work on emotions with children

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How to get children to understand their feelings


Compassion is a feeling closely linked to tenderness, generosity, empathy and kindness. But at first, the child feels sorry, sadness, before the suffering of others.

When the child realizes that 'the other' is suffering, two things can happen: that he is indifferent or that he wants to 'relieve that pain'. In that second case is when you experience a new emotion: compassion.

If you want to explain to your child what exactly this feeling consists of, you can use this story: 'A rabbit on the road'.

You can read the full story of 'A rabbit on the road' HERE

Disgust is an emotion that produces rejection. It can be due to a smell, a taste or a physical characteristic. Disgust arises when something seems disgusting to us.

Disgust is an emotion difficult to control, since it responds to an impulse, a direct message from the senses. However, also you have to learn to master it, since rejection out of disgust can generate hostility or sadness in another person.

Here is a fantastic story that speaks precisely of this feeling. The story is called 'Little frog, the frog'.

You can read the full story of 'Little Frog, the frog' HERE

When jealousy is not only not wanting to share what one has, but also you want what the other has and you're willing to do whatever it takes to get it, envy comes.

Envy fills the child with sadness for not getting what another has. Born of the irrepressible desire to get something that you like about another person. But its consequences can be dire. Explain to your child how bad envy can be with this fable: 'The frog that wanted to swell like an ox'.

You can read the complete fable of 'The frog that wanted to swell like an ox' HERE

Greed and selfishness are feelings that often go hand in hand. And they bring with them very different emotions: desire, tension or hostility and anger.

But greed also tends to lead to another series of negative emotions: frustration, loneliness, guilt and regret. A child who does not share his things often ends up feeling lonely. A child who thinks only of hoarding toys and more toys may end up frustrated in the end.

Do you want to explain all this to your child with a story? Try a classic one: 'The goose that lays the golden eggs'.

You can read the full story of 'The hen that lays the golden eggs' HERE

When a child gets angry it is because he does not like something, something he does not want to accept. For example, being denied a treat. Why can't he have a candy when he wants to? Suddenly the child feels frustration and this leads to irritation.

If the anger increases, anger comes. It is a devastating feeling that completely unleashes fury. When anger hits, its consequences can be dire, as it can hurt others.

With the story 'The angry princess' , children will understand that anger and bad mood do not solve any problem, but it is a logical feeling that must be learned to handle. And so that they understand the effects of anger on others, you can tell them the story of 'The boy and the nails'.

You can read the full story of 'The Angry Princess' HERE

You also have the complete story of 'The boy and the nails' HERE

Guilt comes first, then remorse, regret, and the next step would be forgiveness. It is the way to recognize that we have done something wrong and that our actions have also hurt another person.

It is difficult for a child to understand what that emotion means. Suddenly they feel that they have done something wrong. That means they have matured, because they already know how to differentiate good from evil.

Remorse is not the same as regret. A child may regret having done something, right or wrong. Remorse always arises when you are aware that what you have done is wrong.

You can explain to your child that the way to get rid of that guilt is forgiveness. Use this story as a guide: 'Ears and tail'.

You can read the full story of 'Ears and tail' HERE

Jealousy leads children to feel many confused and always negative emotions: they feel anger, rage and misunderstanding. Jealousy can lead to aggressiveness, and lead to other types of emotions: guilt, remorse ...

Jealousy is irrational, it is an uncontrolled explosion of harmful feelings, but they are also emotions closely linked to people. Therefore, you must make your child recognize this feeling and manage to transform it into positive thoughts. You will achieve this as soon as you understand that jealousy is 'joy eater', since instead of focusing on achieving happiness for yourself, you strive to achieve the evil of the other. Perhaps this fable will help you: 'The children of the farmer'.

Read the complete fable of 'The children of the farmer' HERE

The fear is an emotion that blocks. Fear leads to insecurity and is therefore a negative emotion. When fear grows, it turns into terror, and this makes the child lose control completely.

There are many types of fear: the fear of the dark, of loneliness, of challenges, of insects. But they all have a common basis, because they are nothing more than the fear of suffering physical or psychological harm. Fear paralyzes, it stops you thinking, that is why it is important that you learn to reject it. Your child will surely learn to recognize this feeling with this classic story: 'Juan without fear'.

You can read the full story of 'Juan without fear' HERE

Accepting yourself means loving yourself. It is intimately linked with self-esteem, and the feeling of inner serenity. A child who accepts himself as he is, feels calm and able to relate to others without any fear.

Remember that to gain acceptance from others, you must first accept yourself. A great example to explain this feeling or emotion is the story of The ugly Duckling. The protagonist of the story felt different from the rest, but he soon realized that this difference did not mean that it was worse. At last he was able to accept himself as he was and incidentally found acceptance from others.

You can read the full story of 'The Ugly Duckling' HERE

Frustration is a mixture of anger, disappointment, helplessness, sadness and not accepting something. Children can also get frustrated. For example, when they fail to overcome a challenge.

Disappointment is not exactly the same. With frustration, the child feels that he is not able to reach something or that you lose something that was at hand. Disappointment comes when you feel that something you believed in is a lie. In that case, the child feels cheated. To talk to your child about frustration and disappointment, you have a fantastic story: The Milkmaid.

You can read the full story of 'The Milkmaid' HERE

The fear of growing up is a reflection of insecurity. This feeling conveys many emotions to children, from confusion to fear. The fear of growing up, of learning new things and leaving many others behind, is very common among children.

Help yourself from the story of Peter Pan so that your child understands what is happening to him, why he feels insecure and afraid to go, for example, to school. Insecurity occurs a lot among the most perfectionist children, who fear making mistakes and disappointing others. And also among the shyest children. Boost their self-esteem so that they trust more in themselves.

You can read the full Peter Pan tale HERE

What would the world be without joy? Impossible to imagine a child without his laugh, right? Joy is an emotion linked to Happiness. A happy child is a happy child. And for the child to feel joy, there must be something that motivates him, such as play, the love of others, fun ...

A child feels joy with many things, from a chocolate ice cream to his mother's kiss. If you want your child to realize how important this feeling is, you can read the story 'The City without colors'. You will quickly understand the difference between joy and sadness.

You can read the full story of 'The city without colors' HERE

Video: MUMMY KA PYAAR. Emotional Short Movie. Aayu and Pihu Show (May 2022).