Stories to help children understand emotions
Learning to cope with ambivalence is one of the greatest challenges in a child’s emotional development. In Double-Dip Feelings, a series of families situations illustrate the common yet uncomfortable experience of having two contrasting feelings at the same time. The first day of school brings both pride and fear; the arrival of a new brother or sister can trigger both joy and sadness. These vignette will help the young child recognize and understand the phenomenon of mixed feelings.
In an extensive afterword, psychologist Jane Annunziata offers children guidelines for responding to their conflicting feelings. She also provides parents with concrete suggestions for helping their growing children resolve their struggles with ambivalence on the journey toward emotional maturity. (32 pages, 2001)Author: Barbara S. Cain, MSW