Emotion Regulation Activities for Kids - Big Emotions vs. Small Emotions

Do you ever have a crazy reaction to something really small?

This happens to me most when I’m hangry.

I’m usually pretty hungry by the time I leave work. My commute home can range from 20 minutes on a good day to 1 hour+ with traffic. One day, having been in my car for what seemed like a lifetime in bumper-to-bumper traffic, my stomach was audibly growling. I was two minutes away from pulling into my parking garage, so close that I could see my apartment building.

Then I had to stop at a train crossing.

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This additional five minutes put between me and my waiting leftover mac and cheese sent me over the edge. I slammed my fist on the steering wheel, yelled some futile choice words at the train, and silently seethed for the rest of my short drive after train had passed.

I’ll admit, it was certainly an extreme reaction to a really small, uncontrollable delay to my commute.

We see this in our students every day, too. It’s not their turn to be line leader, so they pout for two hours. Or they make a small mistake on their art project and rip the paper up.

These feelings worksheets will help students differentiate between situations that truly deserve a big emotion and those that really only deserve a small reaction.

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