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.
ArtMaker: Draw It Out! Incarceration
Help a child express themselves through drawing activities.
Little Children, Big Feelings
Use these strategies to help a child open up about their feelings.
Something to Count On
Caring adults and predictable daily activities will help a child feel safe.
Learn great ways to help keep an incarcerated parent connected to their child.
Ask Me Anything
Telling children the truth goes a long way toward building trust and healing.
Caregiver Workshop: Taking Care of Yourself
Caregivers can take better care of children when they have support from friends, family, and community.
Coping With Incarceration
An overview of strategies adults can use to help kids understand incarceration and the changes it brings.