Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another and plays a crucial role in bringing people together. In order to be empathetic, we need to be able to identify the feelings other people feel and understand why they may feel them. Sadness is one of those feelings and can be particularly difficult to manage – both for ourselves and for supporting others. Sadness can be overwhelming for children, too, especially during this turbulent year.
Books can be a great tool for teaching children how to identify and learn about emotions. With a different holiday season upon us, your children may be sad they won’t be able to see their grandparents, sit on Santa’s lap, or participate in some of their favorite traditions. Explain that it is okay to be sad and that we can carry on while acknowledging the sadness. Teaching children about sadness increases their awareness of their feelings and will also help them be aware of the feelings of others. Here are some books to help teach our children about this important emotion.