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Early Literacy Tip: Emotions

One early step in building emotional self-control for children is just to learn and name emotions that they feel.  Start with babies looking in mirrors.  Talk about the emotions they are showing as they see themselves in the mirrors.  A mirror propped up on the floor is great for daily tummy time.

As your children get older, keep talking and naming emotions, but try to introduce a new synonym for a common word to increase their vocabulary.  For example, "you look cheerful" instead of just "you look happy".  Instead of sad, try disappointed, gloomy, downcast....

To encourage more discussions about emotions, try reading aloud some of the picture books below.

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