So, I have been thinking about mental health a lot recently.
Mainly because I have a daughter, which means I over-think E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G, and partially because I’ve seen friends, family, and at points myself, battle with mental health.
I’m a firm believer in the influential role of the early years in shaping adults for the future and so I have decided to write a series (yikes…a series!?) of books to encourage young children to identify and talk about their emotions in the hope that, one day, they will feel confident to speak to someone when they feel an emotion that is strong or impacting on them negatively.
I have based the series, and the emotions (known as EMOs!), on Robert Pultchik’s theory on emotions. To summarise there are 8 but each within a spectrum. See below…
If you are interested in finding out more click here. I don’t want to bore you with the science bit!
The series will include the 8 emotions as creatures, each with their own story to tell, and an introduction (see below) which will also either be a story or a song…if I can think of a chorus and a tune! I am hoping that once the series is complete it can be used in classrooms and nurseries to support teachers and children in talking about and discussing their emotions. Would appreciate any feedback on this as I will be working on the series over the next few months and direction of this idea is still up for discussion!
So sit back, relax and meet your emotions, otherwise known as your EMOs…
Own your Emotions
There are lots of things inside your body
From your head down to your toes
But there are other things you cannot see
We call them our EMOs!
They’re little quiet creatures
That come from deep inside
It’s important that you spot them
And that you don’t let them hide.
They’re really our emotions
And knowing them is wise
For if you do not spot them
They’ll catch you by surprise
Sometimes when you can feel them
You won’t know what to do
But you don’t need to worry
Because they all belong to you.
All you have to do is spot them
And recognise they’re there
Everybody has their own EMOs
It’s something we all share.
And here they are to meet you
There are 8 that you should know
Out they come, one by one
They’ve come to say ‘Hello!’
The yellow EMO is called HAPPY
Just look at that big smile
Bubby and bright, a cheery sight
Let’s hope she stays a while.
The green EMO is known as TRUST
He’s often hard to spot
But when you really need someone
You’ll feel him quite a lot.
The dark green EMO is called FEAR
She doesn’t stay for long
But when you’re scared or unprepared
She can feel very strong.
The purple EMO is SURPRISE
He may jump out on you
When you’re not aware or didn’t care
He’ll appear and shout out ‘BOO!’
The pink EMO is called DISGUST
She can start very small
But the more you care you’ll feel her there
Growing big and tall.
The blue EMO is known as SAD
She often brings on tears
She hangs about and brings on doubt
Until the feeling clears.
The red EMO, you’ll probably know
ANGER is his name
He’s easy to spot, firey and hot
And difficult to tame.
The orange EMO has a big long name
He’s a really great creation
Bringing excitement and some nerves
He’s called ANTICIPATION.
So now you’ve met them
Don’t forget them
Remember they there
Waiting for the perfect chance
To come out of their lair.
So if you’re feeling full of joy
Or even sad and blue
Just think “Which EMO could this be?”
And you’ll know just what to do.