Labelling EmotionsPractical tips and skills from Wyndham City’s Youth Services team to help parents and carers tune in to young people.

Some young people may have difficulty in telling you how they feel or finding the right words to express their emotions.

This may create challenges in responding to them effectively as you simply don’t know what they need from you as a parent/carer.

This can be common in young people with additional needs, or a young person who has lower levels of literacy. This can ring true for younger children too who may not yet have developed a large scope of emotional vocabulary.

Take a look at this handout. You can pop up on your fridge and utilise it to assist young people to label their emotions.

Why do we get young people to label emotions you might be thinking?

The ability to tell another person what it is that we are feeling helps others to understand us and relate to us better. This in turn helps us to form and maintain longer lasting relationships with others. We sometimes refer to this as a part of developing emotional intelligence.

Another reason labelling our emotions is so important is because by saying what we are feeling out loud, the emotion can lose some of its power, leading to de-escalation of that emotion which is great in times when young people are experiencing unpleasant emotions such as anxiety.

If you would like more information or you are interested in hearing more about the Tuning in to Teens Program please email us at [email protected]

Feeling Faces Handout

Handout courtesy of Monica Hadges in partnership with the Royal Children Hospital Melbourne / Tuning in to Teens.