Rowan: We’re feeling all our feelings today!
Some days just have more feelings to them, and today was one of those days. There is always joy, silliness, excitement and love, but we also saw frustration, sadness and at times anger. The more we talk about these feelings, the better equipped we are to process them. It’s helpful to practice our calming techniques before we get overwhelmed so our tools are familiar when we need them. At meeting we asked the children:
What are some things we can do to calm down when we feel angry?
Elle: I do volcano breath.
Jack: When I’m too mad, and my dad says to do volcano breath, I say ‘No!’ There’s another way to calm down when I am angry. I punch a pillow.
Rowan: ...Or kick a pillow.
Sam: I have a big stuffed animal turtle and it calms me down.
Lou Lou: You can go really far under your covers and turn on a flash light.
Joslin: I tiptoe to my mommy’s bedroom. Sometimes, when you feel scared, you may want some company.
Louise: You can put on pajamas and feel cozy!
When we asked the children about when they felt angry, they also shared experiences of when they felt sad and scared. Later, we read called “I’m Not Scared” by Jonathan Allen. A little owl emotions quickly change from being scared to becoming angry. We talked about how quickly our feelings can change, and that feeling angry usually comes after a different feeling. Someone might be sad they are not included in a game and that sadness can turn into them feeling angry with their peers. A parent may feel scared when we do something that isn’t safe, and that fear can cause them to shout or become angry. Usually our feelings give us clues to something we may need. We all want to feel safe, loved, and heard, so it's important to listen to our feelings to try to understand what we need in that moment.
In addition to our work on patterns, insects and music, we will be diving deeper into our emotions and how we express them. Do you have favorite books or songs at home that address feelings?
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.