In this episode, children will:
- learn that feelings are like waves — they come and go.
- discover that it's okay to feel unhappy at times.
- hear about a real Big Life Kid, Aariz, and how he coped with uncomfortable emotions.
- Although people's lives looked perfect in the "Better"-Verse, Zara pointed out that we don't always know what other people are experiencing. Has there been a time when you pretended things were okay but they weren't?
- When Aariz felt sad and lonely, he learned to "ride the wave of feelings.” Why do you think feelings are like waves?
- One way to cope with uncomfortable emotions is by talking about them with someone. When was the last time you told a family member or friend how you felt?
1. Try the "Right Now I Feel" activity available in our Emotional Intelligence Kit. This activity will encourage your child to express how they feel and can facilitate valuable conversations on how to cope with different emotions.
2. Show your child that feelings are like waves. Simply draw a wavy line on a piece of paper and guide your child to label the high and low points with different emotions. Help them understand that when they feel sad (down), the feeling will come and go in time.
3. Ask your child to draw their emotions. Offer ways to get them started such as "I use jagged lines when I'm angry", "I use gray colors when I'm sad" or "when I get frustrated, I just like to scribble like crazy."
Produced by Alexandra Eidens and Big Life Journal team. Written and directed by Sarah Cyrano. Sound design and original music by Elettra Bargiacchi. Sound mixing by Mattia Marcelli. Characters played by Sean Chiplock and Ryan Bartley. Managed by Laura Maloney.