The ability to communicate emotions is one of the first building blocks we introduce to our kids at the start of the school year, and it’s an easy exercise for families to try at home.

It can be so easy to get so wrapped up in our daily tasks and deadlines that we forget our children have feelings and need to develop their feelings into words so we “can step into their shoes,” as our creed reads.

For every day of the week, have your child think of an emotion that starts with the same letter of the week day (for example: Merry Monday). This can be done for the day of the week, the month, or even the first letter of each family member’s name. As kids begin to identify emotions, work with them to use these words in their everyday conversations to help build their emotional vocabulary and their comfort level expressing themselves.

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