My Feelings Workbook

My Feelings WorkbookToday we are excited to officially release the second edition of the My Feelings Workbook. Originally released a little over four years ago, the My Feelings Workbook has easily become one of the most popular resources created by the Hope 4 Hurting Kids family.

The book covers 50 different emotions that children or teens will likely face at some point during their youth or adolescence. These emotions, and their associated emoticons, are presented on two index pages at the beginning of the book.  Readers can use the index to identify how they’re feeling at any particular moment. The emoticons provide younger children with visual clues as to what each emotion represents.

There is an individual activity page for each of the fifty emotions (you can see the example for “Scared” here.  Each colorful emotion page displays the name of the emotion and the associated emoticon.  A “kid friendly” definition is provided for each emotion, and various exercises designed to help the user better understand each emotion and how it affects them personally.

Each emotion includes exercises labeled “When I Am Feeling _____” and “What Makes Me Feel _____?”  The “When I Am Feeling _____” section on each page encourages the user to write about, or draw, what their face, body and insides might look like when they are feeling a particular emotion.  The “What Makes Me Feel _____?” includes two boxes, one with a green check mark and one with a red x, to draw or list out times, people and things that do and do not make the user feel that particular emotion.  Each page is set up the same way so younger kids should need minimal guidance in using the resource.

Our sincere hope is that, in completing the exercises in this workbook, children and teens will be in a better position to recognize and talk about the emotions they are feeling.  This is an important step in healing and moving forward.

You can download a full color pdf of the book for printing by clicking here.

For more awesome resources for learning about and dealing with emotions, please visit our Hope 4 Hurting Kids Emotions Help Center.

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Written by Wayne Stocks

Wayne is the founder and executive director of Hope 4 Hurting Kids. He is a happily married father of four kids with a passion for helping young people who are going through rough times. In addition to Hope 4 Hurting Kids, Wayne previously started I Am A Child of Divorce and Divorce Ministry 4 Kids to help kids who are dealing with the disruption of their parents’ relationship. These are now part of Hope 4 Hurting Kids. Wayne speaks frequently at conferences and churches on issues related to helping kids learn to deal with difficult emotions and life in modern families.

Wayne lives with his wife, three youngest kids, three dogs and an insane collection of his kids’ other pets outside of Columbus, Ohio. In addition to his work with Hope 4 Hurting Kids, Wayne is a partner in a local consulting firm, an avid reader, coaches his son’s soccer team and is a proud supporter of Leicester City Football Club (and yes, for those in know, his affinity for the club does predate the 2016 championship).

You can reach Wayne at wayne@hope4hurtingkids.com.