How to Talk to Your Kids About Emotions During Unsettling Times

Available for Interviews:  Nadine Levitt

Nadine Levitt is an education advocate, speaker, and the CEO & Founder of WURRLYedu, an educational technology platform. Nadine specializes in the social-emotional curriculum (SEL), and she is also the author of the children’s book, My Mama Says Inside Me Lives a Village. 

What Nadine Levitt can say about Kids & Emotions:

  • Talk through emotions. It is crucial that we talk through emotions with our children. Depending on what kids know and are feeling about the pandemic, Ukraine, other current events, personal events at home, etc., these days more kids could be experiencing big feelings like anxiety, stress, depression, feelings of isolation, and they are often not well equipped to process those emotions!

  • Emotions do not need to be scary. Emotions are, after all, just messengers. They are trying to help us by delivering a message (using alarms and rewards), and once they have delivered their message they will have served their purpose so will quiet down.
  • Emotions are foundational. If our kids don’t understand their emotions and don’t learn to process them in a healthy way, not only will it likely result in mental health issues down the road, but it will pose problems in every facet of your child’s life, from relationships to health to academic performance.
  • Tips. Some helpful tips for all parents as they talk to their kids about emotions:
    1. Differentiate between the emotion and the thoughts and actions.
      Try to avoid language like “good” or “bad.”

    2. When your child says they are feeling something (frustrated for example) ask them what else they are feeling. Encourage them to look past the loudest emotion.

    3. Model a healthy management system for your kids. Create rituals to set you up for success!


Interview: Nadine Levitt

Nadine Levitt is a Swiss-born, German, Kiwi, American thought leader, speaker, and author who is passionate about education, especially focusing on child emotional wellness, social and emotional skill development using the Arts, and EdTech.

In 2015 she founded the technology company WURRLY, which also makes WURRLYedu—a leading music education solution being used in schools across 22 states. Nadine has authored two children´s books for social and emotional learning (Inside Me Lives a Village and Inside Me Lives a Superhero), initially developed as a tool to use with her own kids, to help them develop positive self-awareness, self-regulation skills, confidence, empathy, creativity, and self-expression. This quickly grew into a school program, with the development of a supporting curriculum and classroom resources, and toys and other children’s products that foster a healthy relationship with emotions.

As an education thought leader, Nadine Levitt gives keynote speeches around the world on the subjects of music education, social and emotional learning, and technology in classrooms.

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