"What makes you happy?" "What does your body feel when you get angry?" "What was a time when you felt sad?"
This workbook serves as a starting point to help parents better support and value their child's emotions and help teach children emotion regulation. It follows the concept of "emotion coaching" developed by Dr. John Gottman. Through his 5-step method, parents should be able to have open and empathetic interactions with their children about how they are feeling. Studies show children who are better able to regulate their emotions have better outcomes physically, psychologically, academically, and socially.
In this workbook you will find various activities to begin these sometimes challenging conversations. There are activities for the child, for the parent or adult, and for both to work on together. Since emotion coaching is based in the power of relationships, this book is meant to be used side-by-side. The goal for parents is to be more self-reflective of their own emotions and empathetic to how the child is feeling. The goal for the child is to be able to give names to what they may be feeling and to be able to find solutions to troubling feelings.