Let’s talk about emotional health right quick, mamas.
I feel like as a person, I suck at dealing with emotions. My method of handling emotions is to just not do it. Compartmentalize. Avoid. Ignore. That’s what I do. I shove my emotions down deep and pack them into an overstuffed box, I avoid anything that will evoke too many emotions like a movie that will make me cry, and if all else fails to keep my emotions at bay I just result to flat out ignoring the issue until it goes away. This causes me to spiral straight into depression sometimes when that little stuffed box cracks and spills out at random times.
Yea, I know. Not healthy.
But these are the habits that I have developed over time. Motherhood has really made me realize just how detrimental these methods can be. The last thing I want to do is for my children to develop my bad habits and end up being emotionally unhealthy.
Emotional health is just as important as physical health and requires just as much attention.
So I know that I need to start now and teach my kids how to verbally express their emotions and talk it out in a healthy way.
Being parents, we all want to raise happy children. Part of raising happy and healthy children is making sure that your child is emotionally healthy. And how do you make sure they are emotionally healthy? One way to make sure we are doing this is by doing daily mood checks. Daily mood checks open up that conversation and allows your child a safe space to express their emotions. This helps them to feel valid in their emotions, to feel heard, and to nurture their emotional literacy.
One day I was sitting with my kids and about to send a text when I looked at my Memoji in my iMessage. My sons were sitting next to me, all in my phone like kids usually are. I swiped over to show the Memoji’s that I made for them and said “point to the one that shows how you’re feeling today”. I didn’t know if they’d actually cooperate or run away but they loved it.
My 4 year old thought for a minute, then pointed to his party face, haha!
And pointed to my 7 year old chose his silly face. Then they asked me to show how I was feeling.
This was a super fun way for all of us to communicate our feelings. It was a great conversation starter and they were actually interested in it. I could tell they put real thought into their choices. And they liked that I was showing interest in their feelings.
Now I’m almost thinking about making a board of these faces and letting them point to it every day to tell me how they’re feeling. That’s a fun craft for another day though.
What do you think? I thought this was a fun and different way to get kids to express their feelings in person. Try this with your little ones and see how it works out. If you don’t have Memeoji you can also make them a Bitmoji or just use regular Emoji’s.
Have you ever done anything like this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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