“A number of books . . . explore how a child deals with a particular emotion; Color Monster considers the range of feelings a child can experience. . . a vehicle to initiate a reassuring conversation about emotions and how to identify them.” —School Library Journal online
Being able to understand and control your emotions is probably one of the most important – and difficult – things we can do as a human. Our emotions are primal and our instinct for ‘fight or flight’ are deeply ingrained in our DNA. However, we seem to live in a modern world where, more often than not, people that suppress their feelings are rewarded, while those who show their emotions can be seen as being disruptive or difficult. It’s a tricky area for parents of young children who are figuring out who they are and how they feel on a very remedial level while being in classrooms with lots of other children doing the same thing.
I think knowing and helping our kid’s emotional needs and intelligence is a concern that many parents face as they send their young kids off to school. I often wonder how parents can offer their children enough support if they are going through a difficult period or experience in a school setting when they are away from them the entire work week. It’s not an easy subject because there usually isn’t a clear cut answer or ‘best approach’, especially in certain situations like anxiety or depression issues or potential learning disabilities that are yet discovered in young children. It’s a difficult balance for parents, teachers, and caregivers! The main thing that I do as a parent is try and help my children identify their feelings and help them with coping strategies on dealing with their emotions. If you can teach children to understand how they are feeling and when it is okay to open up and when it’s time to calm down and reflect, it’s a great start on how they can handle future events that may come their way. It’s easier said than done and I have often looked towards outside resources to help my children and I navigate these emotional waters. Books like The Color Monster are wonderful material for both my toddler and my kindergartner that I can build on when discussing emotions with them.
The Color Monster is a book to help young children identify their feelings. After all, we teach kids to identify colors, numbers, shapes, and letters—what about teaching them their different emotions, especially if they are feeling ‘all mixed up’ about something? The Color Monster illustrates emotions and encourages young children to open up with parents, teachers, and daycare providers. The fun 3-D pop-ups are on every page and each color identifies the emotions of happiness, anger, sadness, fear, and calm. On one page, a red monster jumps up and declares, “When you’re angry, you want to stomp and roar and shout, ‘It’s not fair!'” This is a great book on opening up conversation with your child about emotions and while it is important to identify how you are feeling, it is also just as important to learn how you deal with your emotions. We are all human and we all have a range of emotions that can sometimes come all at once, so learning the skills in how to handle yourself in situations is crucial to social interactions. The Color Monster doesn’t talk about repressing your feelings, but learning how to know what you are feeling and, as parents, we can help our kids with positive strategies in dealing with them. As someone who really wants to make an impression on my kids on the importance of emotional intelligence, I am all for books just like this. Keep them coming!
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