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Episode 138: Jealousy at the Treehouse/Daniel is Jealous

Daniel is Jealous: Daniel and Katerina are playing “airplane” with Grandpere. Daniel thinks Katerina is getting too much attention from Grandpere and starts to feel jealous. Daniel explains his feelings and is reassured that he is Grandpere’s one and only Daniel.

Jealousy at the Treehouse: Daniel and Katerina are at O the Owl’s house today, playing with his new science kit. Daniel and Katerina feel jealous of O because they want science tools just like his. After talking about their feelings, the children realize how they can all enjoy O’s special science kit.

Learning Goals

The learning goal of this episode is to help children identify, express, and manage their feelings.

The strategy song of this episode is: When you feel jealous, talk about it.

Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom

When we talk with children about their feelings of jealously, we let them know that ‘it’s all right to have those feelings. At the same time, we can assure them that they will always have a special place in our lives and no one can ever take away.”- Fred Rogers

 

Read More on Helping Children with Jealous Feelings

Language pays a key role in helping children deal with their feelings. Feelings are a part of being human. Of course, talking about feelings can be a challenge for people at any age, even more so, for young children who don’t use words well, especially when they are upset. Sometimes feelings can be a jumble inside and are hard to sort out or name. That can be one of the times when children find it most difficult to tell us how they feel.

We need to encourage children to talk about their feelings. Being able to use words to describe what they are feeling gives children power over their feelings. Giving words to feelings can make them become a lot less overwhelming or upsetting or scary.

When children can talk about their feelings with you, they can learn that their feelings are natural and normal, and that others feelings, too. Give your child the words to use to express how they feel—“I’m sad,” “I feeling jealous,” “I’m tired,” and “I’m mad.” When children can begin to express themselves with words, they are less likely to bite, hit, kick or use some other disruptive behavior.



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