This list of books for children and tweens all feature characters dealing with situations where they feel lonely or isolated and who deal with their emotions by going on adventures, finding new friends and expressing themselves in a variety of ingenious ways. If your child is lonely, or you think that they might be, these stories can help to kickstart conversations about how they are feeling and things they can do to help. They may also help them to understand that feeling lonely sometimes is very common and that they aren’t alone.
It’s really important to be kind to other people, but it’s just as important to be kind to ourselves. Sometimes, we might think bad or negative things about ourselves. These kinds of thoughts tend to make us feel worse! It’s important to notice when we think like this and stand up to these unhelpful little ‘gremlin thoughts’. This activity can help!
Anger is a normal and important feeling to be able to describe. The words and phrases in this resource can be used to expand children’s vocabulary around anger, explore this emotion and develop strategies to manage it.
Sometimes children can find it hard to tell you how they are feeling when they are experiencing strong emotions or getting angry. Using a mood thermometer can be a helpful way for them to identify how they are feeling, in the moment, and also helps to build emotional literacy more generally. Pop it somewhere accessible and encourage your child to identify the emotions that they experience, whether they are positive or negative.
Anger is a normal emotion. However, when anger turns into aggression or translates into violence, the causes of it, and strategies for managing it, need to be closely explored. We are joined by clinical psychologist, Dr Anna Colton, who helps us to understand anger better and provides tips on how to support our children and teens more effectively when they feel angry.
Join Dr Weston as she chats to criminologist Joanna Foster, expert on children who set fires. This fascinating discussion covers the causes of fire setting, risk-taking and trauma.
Helping children to reframe challenges is an important part of building their resilience. When they come up against a difficult situation,
they might focus on the negatives and feel despondent, sad or angry. This quick and simple activity can help them to acknowledge how they feel, whilst encouraging them to look for any positives and consider the proactive things that they could do to make themselves feel happier. Ask them how they feel after they have done it. Has it made them feel a little better?
When a pupil leaves a lesson unexpectedly, it’s important to understand why. This short activity, designed with older teens in mind, can encourage them to consider what made them leave and help staff and pupils work together to establish some strategies that could help in the future.
When a pupil leaves a lesson unexpectedly, it’s important to understand why. This short activity, designed with younger pupils in mind, can encourage them to consider what made them leave and help staff and pupils work together to establish some strategies that could help in the future.
Kindness and empathy have far-reaching psychological and social consequences. Being kind and empathetic are skills that can be taught and reading has been found to help with their development. Here’s a list of books to build empathy for children of all ages.