At Hope 4 Hurting Kids, one of our principle missions is to help young people understand, cope with and overcome the difficult emotions that they face. Whether it is dealing with family problems, parental divorce, bullying or a multitude of other issues young people face today, dealing with the underlying emotions is a vital first step in moving from hurt to hope and healing. To that end we have developed a comprehensive emotions management plan we call Jump In! Stand Strong! Rise Up! Many of the articles and resources listed on this page represent ideas on how to help kids understand (Jump In!), cope with (Stand Strong!) and overcome (Rise Up!) difficult emotions. We have also included information and resources related to grief on this page. While we realize that grief is way more than emotions, difficult emotions are a significant part of grief. If you would like to limit your search to one area, please click on one of the options below.

Anger Catcher
Using an Anger Catcher to Help Kids Deal With Anger
Anger is an almost universal emotion. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve been angry at some point, and kids are no exception. Kids get angry for any variety of reasons. It could be family related turmoil - like when their parents divorce. In fact, it is one of the most universal reactions we see in kids when they experience any sort of family transitions. When visitation arrangements change, kids get mad. When dad doesn't pick them up for his time with them, they get angry. When mom starts dating some new guy, they begin to boil. When they have to ...
Superpower Game and Emotions
The Superpower Game and Talking to Kids About Emotions
The Superpower Game is simple game that doesn't require any preparation or materials, but it can tell you a lot about what a child is experiencing. You ask one simple question: If you could have any superpower, what would it be? As the child answers, listen for clues to what they are feelings and what they are going through. Think about why the child might want a particular superpower and/or what emotion it might help them to deal with. For example: Invincibility or Super Strength could be an indication that the child is anxious about something or someone. X-ray vision might mean ...
Feelings Wheel - Color
Using A Feelings Wheel to Name and Understand Emotions
Children dealing with loss and trauma are generally dealing with emotions they have never felt before. Alternatively, they are dealing with an intensity of emotions they have never felt before. Either way, they are ill-equipped to deal with those emotions. Your job is to find tools and methods to help them process through those emotions. A feelings wheel is a valuable tool. The first step in helping any child deal with difficult emotions (regardless of the source of those emotions) will be to help them recognize and name the emotions they are feeling. Feelings wheels are a simple and effective ...
Ideas for Dealing With Anxiety (Pinterest Spotlight)
Ideas for Dealing With Anxiety (Pinterest Spotlight)
Here at Hope for Hurting Kids, we strive to point you to resources which can help kids, teens, and those who love them deal with some of the many issues kids face today. One way we choose to do that is to offer extensive boards on Pinterest compiling resources and links to resources on a variety of topics. This allows us to make more resources available quicker to help you. You can find our collection of boards on a variety of topics at http://pinterest.com/hope4hurtkids/. On Pinterest, our goal is to link to as many resources as possible which may be ...
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