Help Your Child Communicate Their Feelings Effectively. Try Greco's Feeling Faces.
By: Jamie Perillo, LPC
Has your child walked in the door from school looking withdrawn but unable to express their feelings? Did they have a terrible meltdown but cannot tell you why? Try using our tool, Greco's Feeling Faces, to help your child express their feelings and communicate effectively.
Show your child the chart and ask them to point to their feeling for today. If you are discussing an incident that happened earlier have your child think about their feeling in that moment and point to it. This strategy can create a starting point for conversation, have your child feel understood, and for you to understand your child.
When using Greco's Feeling Faces do not forget to validate your child's feelings. Also, discuss a plan for what to do when your child is experiencing the feeling.
Examples, "When you feel nervous take five deep breaths."
" If you are scared tell Mom or Dad."
"When you are angry because a friend called you a name in school tell the teacher."
Greco's Feeling Faces will be available soon for free download on our website. Check back soon!