“Have Patience with all things, but, first of all with yourself.” (Saint Francis de Sales.)

Life’s rhythms can be really destructive if we let impatience and negative thoughts to conquer our thinking and psyche. Being tormented  is a word especially good for talking about a mental pain or anguish, and its ultimate root is the Latin word torquere, “to twist.” When experiencing intense feelings, impatience blocks your way of thinking, filling your mind with a total blank. You may think that adults are more prone to be tormented by various issues but this is not the case thinking of that adult as a kid, years back. Certain examples of kids’ behavior are associated with an emotional intensity that is often mistakenly perceived as emotional immaturity.  This specific emotional intensity, essential to the learning process has to do with gifted children, those who need understanding and support to accept their rich inner experiences and value emotional intensity as a strength.


Critical self-evaluation and self-judgment, feelings of inadequacy and inferiority occupy kids’ minds, and these emotionally intense gifted kids often experience intense inner conflicts. Different ways of expressing themselves and their intense emotions can be the solution through stories, poems, artwork, music, journal entries or physical activities. Most of the times, what  is more, productive is to write down on paper your thoughts than hyper-analyzing them, as the saying goes: ”Too much Analysis brings Paralysis.” Speaking from personal experience and too much Analysis on the issue of Emotional Intensity, thinking of being able to find a solution I ended up that listening to your instinct is the best thing to do. What it feels right to do, will wash fear away if you can trust the guidance you receive from your intuition.


Thinking of books that can uplift your emotions here are some which I find fantastic to use in class as a part of a Read Aloud Day, before summer holidays.

  • Taking a Bath with the Dog and Other Things that Make Me Happy by Scott Menchin (Author, Illustrator)

    51fazsmh1rl-_sx258_bo1204203200_From celebrated illustrator, Scott Menchin comes a wise and witty meditation on the true secret to happiness.
    ”I miss your smile today, Sweet Pea. What would make you happy?”
    What do you do when it seems as if nothing will make you happy? For one little girl, it’s a good time to take a survey, from subjects including a quick little rabbit (running around in a wheel), a balding gent (counting rings on a tree), a snazzy centipede (shoes, lots of shoes), and other sundry characters. Enlivened by his whimsical characters, Scott Menchin’s amusing story shows us that just doing what we love to do best can bring the biggest smiles of all.

  • Sometimes I’m Bombaloo (Scholastic Bookshelf) by Rachel Vail (Author), Yumi Heo (Illustrator)

    711439Vail & Heo deliver a wise, warm take on tantrums.
    Let the Scholastic Bookshelf be your guide through the whole range of your child’s experiences–laugh with them, learn with them, read with them!
    Category: Feelings
    Sometimes, Katie loses her temper.Sometimes she uses her feet and her fists instead of words. When Katie is this mad, she’s just not herself. Sometimes, she’s BOMBALOO.
    Being BOMBALOO is scary. But a little time-out and a lot of love calm BOMBALOO down and help Katie feel like Katie again!

  • The Way I Feel by Janan Cain (Author, Illustrator)

    51ycxiprcelA fun and colorful, rhyming book that introduces children to a variety of emotions and their names. Covers a broad range of emotions from pride to thankfulness. This is one of my favorites.

    Till next month’s Rock Post, enjoy life every minute, have fun, laugh a lot and express yourself, looking at the bright side of things!

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