Talking About Your Feelings

Watch this video to assure children that their big feelings are normal.

Find a cozy spot to sit and watch the video together.

Afterward, talk about what you saw. Start by saying, “Alex worries that his father’s incarceration is his fault. Have you ever felt this way?” Ask, “What are some other feelings that you have about mom’s/dad’s incarceration? Can you tell me more about them?”

Some physical activity, like taking a walk, might help children open up. You can also try having this conversation in the car, or while coloring together.