Educating our children in emotional intelligence is a necessary and essential task if we want them them to grow up to be healthy and strong. While we must work on emotional education throughout life, the fact is that it should be especially strengthened during childhood.
The main goal is to make our children feel pleasure in feeling and demonstrating their own emotions. In turn, we will be building the basis for an empathetic attitude that will develop other values, as well as an emotional identity.
In the image below, developed by the School of Superparents, we share some tips that can help you help them manage emotions in a positive way:
- Help me identify what’s happening to me and know what emotion I’m feeling.
- Try understanding what’s happening to me, I have my reasons just like adults do.
- I express my emotions the way I know how: with tantrums, crying, complaining…Teach me other ways!
- Help me to better control my emotions so that they don’t go beyond the limit.
- If I don’t find a solution to what’s happening to me, give me alternatives without forcing them on me.
- And above all, give me tons of love and compassion!
A simple, direct and close way of educating emotions is through stories. Cartoons, drawings and videos are intended to facilitate a dialogue that our children can understand very well.
Since a story is another way of playing and interacting with the children in order to teach them values and emotions, it is more comfortable for the adult as the weight of this task is carried by the story’s plot.
We give you a small collection story videos that will help us work with our children on their emotions:
From 0 to 6 years old
1. Rainbow Fish
The Rainbow Fish is the most beautiful fish in the ocean. However, he feels very lonely and very sad. Why don’t others want to play with him? With this story we teach the value of humility and the importance of sharing.
2. When I’m Feeling Angry.
Children need to understand that anger in itself is not bad, but hurting others with their anger is. Therefore, with this nice story, we teach our children to manage their anger.
3. Paula and Her Multicolored Hair
With this beautiful story by Carmen Parets, we can work on managing emotions such as joy, sadness, fear or anger. In addition, we have the opportunity to access free additional activities to work on with our children. Find them on their Facebook page: Paulaysupelomulticolor.
From 6 to 12 years old
4. A Kiss Before Breakfast
With this story we teach our children the value of good feelings, tenderness, good deeds and love.
5. The Biggest Flower in the World
This story by Jose Saramago helps us learn the concepts of solidarity and beauty. In a world where selfishness prevails and there is a lack of solidarity and love of life, this story highlights core values by inviting the child to travel inside, giving meaning to life and giving them the ability to reconnect to their childhood.
6. The Color Monster
Help them to get to know their emotions with this video of the story “The Color Monster” by Anna Llenas.
12 to 18 years old
7. Winged Words
The tale “Winged Words” by Sylvain Vincendeau helps us teach the value of accepting and expressing our feelings and emotions.
8. What Are We Willing to Do for Love?
This short film won an Oscar in 2009. From this we can learn unconditional love, values and other emotions that are important to cultivate.
In the heart of South Africa, Mbali Nandi and her daughter live alone and work very hard in the fields. One day their routine is interrupted by something that will change their lives forever… Based on the African folktale “The Tree Umdoni,” this helps us work on compassion, love, effort and dedication as indispensable values in our life.
Featured image of Suzanne Woolcott
Collection of stories by http://ineverycrea.net/