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As a Mom of 3 kids 5 and under, our house has some pretty strong emotions going on. We also lack a lot of self-awareness and it can be hard for me, the adult to know how to train my kids to handle their emotions. This is why I LOVE books like What Am I Feeling? by Dr. Josh and Christi Straub.
The book starts out with a little boy prepping for show and tell. As he gets ready for his day, he begins to notice he’s having a few interesting physical symptoms. His Dad helps him identify that he’s feeling nervous and gives him some helpful advice: A feeling is just a feeling. It’s not in charge of you. Take a deep breath, name your feeling, and ask God to help you with it.
As the morning progresses, Sam encounters a lot of situations where different emotions like frustration, anger and jealousy are displayed. The book does a GREAT job at weaving a story in with practical applications to help kids find positive ways to deal with big emotions. I loved how this book reminds kids (and parents!) that our feelings aren’t in control and we can take them to God and ask Him what we should do with them.
What Am I Feeling includes an emotion chart so you can start using these practices in your own home. This chart has been such a life-saver! My kids are starting (slowly!) to identify their feelings and not rely on them so much.
Highly, highly recommend this one!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher, but all opinions are mine!