Start by asking the kids to tell you words or things that make them feel good or give them a good feeling inside. Example of things my children shared: when you beautiful, when you are self-control, patience, when you care for someone else, when you are loving, awesome, when they've accomplish something, having money, etc.
Then have them share words that may describe when your feelings are out of control. Examples: anger, desire to break something, road rage, when you feel disrespected, worried, not loved, feeling ugly, etc
Next, take two balloons, one would represent good feelings or feelings under control and one negative feelings or feelings out of control. Rip their answers and place them inside the balloons.
Take time to talk about the balloon with good feelings (don't inflate it), how it is soft, can't hurt you, you can put it in your pocket, it can't cause you a damage, etc.
Then take the next ballon and begin to blow it slowly, as you talk about how the out of control and negative feelings can grow like the ballon. Say, "imagine you are getting angrier" and blow the ballon until you can't anymore, then stop. Then say you decide to stay angry and not talk about how you are feeling, eventually you would...POP (and pop the ballon).
Note: My kids saw what was coming, so they closed their ears and ran. We were able to say that this what happens when your feelings gets out of control, everyone wants to get away from you.
Then we said negative feelings that are not talked about can be dangerous and it's all over the place like the pieces of paper that flew out of the ballon when it popped.
Psalm 32:3 When I kept silent my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
We shared that not talking or getting help for our negative feelings can make us sick.
We also shared. Phillipians 4:6-7 We shared that we must talked to God about our negative feelings. We gave each child a journal and we said it's their "Feelings Journal" at the end of the day before bed they will take a few minutes to write about how they felt today. Also anytime they have feelings to talked about rather good or bad, they can write about it to God. They were pretty exited.
Focus of the week: Talk at dinner how are we feeling about our day so far!!!!