The Big Idea: Big feelings can be hard for little ones. Talking about them with grown-ups can help.
Talking About “Big Feelings”
- Watch this video together (it’s best if you’ve watched all the other videos in this topic first) and then choose a comfort object, such as a stuffed animal or doll, for pretend play.
- Tell kids that this little friend is having some big feelings, like Elmo did in the video, and needs comforting. You might help children relate by explaining why the animal or doll is feeling that way, based on kids’ experience (“She’s feeling sad because she has to move to a different home and will miss her friends.”).
- Invite kids to think of ways to help, such as hugging the animal or doll, showing it how to breathe deeply, and telling it they’re here to talk and listen (demonstrate these strategies as needed). This will help children express empathy and compassion, and learn ways to comfort themselves and others.