Feelings…sometimes when we hear this word we tend to role our eyes and wonder why we have to talk about our feelings. Right!? We have all done it at some point in our lives, but have you ever stopped to think why it is important to understand what we are feeling? Why is it important to talk about our feelings or express our feelings? Feelings are important because they help us learn how to understand ourselves. Everyone is different and responds differently in situations. It is important to learn to identify our own feelings and others’ feelings to be able to act appropriately. When we understand our feelings we can use them to create a healthy expression of emotions whether in happy or sad situations or when dealing with stress or conflict. Teaching children about feelings can help them to know what to do when problems on the playground or in their neighborhood occur, or problems with the friends arise. Understanding their feelings will give them the confidence to deal with the situation in a constructive and positive way.
– Mary & Claire