Why Do Feelings Matter to Kids…When Dr. Laura says it Doesn’t Matter How You Feel?

Most parents agree that they have the responsibility to keep their kids safe, provide for shelter and food and eventually pay for their kids education.

So what else should be a part of this top priority list?

I’ll tell you what, teaching kids how to understand the way they feel.

With every behavior come feelings. On top of this, the brain prioritizes feelings over thoughts. So, even if kids have a fantastic IQ, it doesn’t mean they know how to manage how they feel. Without knowing how to deal with feelings life is very confusing.

Here are ’20′ feelings that I think parents ought to think about and teach their kids how to respond to…some of them are “no brainers” and some never get talked about!

Silly

Scared

Disappointed

Happy

Sad

Mad

Thankful

Frustrated

Shy

Bored

Excited

Envy

Proud

Shame

Embarrassed

Guilt

Brave

Joy

Confident

Insecure

Look over the list when you have time. Let me know which feelings you know how to describe to your kids and which are hard to teach. Happily, I will put up on my blog the answers to your questions and post whatever success stories you have regarding helping your child understand their feelings.

Dr. Laura has some insights that are worth listening to, but ignoring feelings, especially when it comes to teaching children about how they feel is a grave mistake.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Dr. Ann