Encourage your child to use words when he’s upset. Teach him words for different feelings such as anxious, nervous and uncomfortable. Make a “feeling book” with your child by finding and labeling pictures of children or adults who are showing a diverse range of emotions.
It’s also a good idea to read picture books together that focus on feelings.
What you can say
“Jacob, I know it wasn’t nice of Jayden to make fun of you when you tripped in front of your class. Can you tell me what you were feeling after he said those things? That makes sense. I probably would have felt angry and sad, too. Sometimes, it helps to draw a picture of how you’re feeling about things that happen to you. Would you like to draw a picture that shows how you felt?”
Why this will help
Children need to feel they are safe in expressing emotions. Helping your child identify and work through his feelings is essential for his emotional well-being. Being able to talk about emotions will make him less likely to cry or hit when he’s upset.