When your children can put a name to a feeling, good things happen:
To help them identify their feelings, start by observing your children. Their body language and behaviour will often tell you what they’re feeling. Then you can say things like, “It looks like you’re feeling sad/frustrated/disappointed/angry/scared.” It’s important to say this in a non-judgmental, calm manner. The goal is to help children identify their feelings and learn to act on them in a way that doesn’t harm themselves or others.
Don’t forget, pleasant feelings like happiness and joy deserve notice too. During stressful times, it can be too easy to forget any momentary feelings of peace and contentment.