Help children understand many kinds of feelings
Feelings in and of themselves, are neither good nor bad. Sure, some feel better than others, but in general what we feel gives us information about the situation we are in. Talk with children about many kinds of feelings. Tell them it's okay to be happy, sad, angry, scared, and more, but help them to know what feelings they should talk about with a safe adult. If another person is making them feel afraid, uncomfortable, guilty, anxious - or even if they have a 'bad belly' about it - it's always okay to talk about those feelings with a safe adult.
With all the recent changes in our world, it is important to recognize and honor the many feelings we are experiencing every day. To support grown-ups as they try to process feelings with the kids in their lives, we want to provide a multi-page sample from our Kids in Space! workbook that specifically addresses feelings. We encourage you to work on these pages with your children and students. We invite you to download these free resources.
The Children's Safety Partnership is a program of the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MECASA) and a partnership between MECASA, the Maine Department of Education, Maine's local sexual assault support centers, and schools across the state.