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How to Recognize a Child's Feelings

Child Communication Development Stages

Regardless of their age, our little ones will always have problems. They continually depend on us to help them.

However when they are little, most of the time they struggle to communicate clearly what is wrong and what they need. Sometimes mum and dad might be left clueless and frustrated. You might think they are crying for no reason.

But remember, these little hearts feel a wide range of emotions such as:

  • Fear
  • Loneliness
  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Impulses
  • Pain
  • Sadness

How can we, as parents, correctly identify what they are feeling?

Unfortunately, there’s no 100% accurate book or manual for these things. It will take love, effort and care from parents. It might take some time but as you understand more and more how your child expresses their emotions, fears and pains, you will start getting the hang of reading their hearts. In the meantime here are some hints that might help you.

Frequent crying

When children cry for every little thing, it often means that there’s something worrying their little minds. Perhaps this is how the child expresses sadness and anger.

Awakening from sleep fearfully

Fear and loneliness can result in little children becoming frightened in their dreams. Children can get frightened of many things that we will not even think of. These fears can get deeply ingrained in their minds. So if your child wakes up getting scared or crying or screaming, this might be an indication that there is a nagging fear in their mind.

Temper tantrums

Sometimes when we fail to understand what the child needs, they become frustrated as their needs are not met. This emotional conflict can make a child angry to the point of uncontrollable tantrums. Children can express anger by screaming, crying, banging their head on the floor, throwing things at you, biting or even tearing their clothes.


It is hard to recognize when your child is really sick and in pain. However, if they are crying or whining regularly, this could pinpoint to a sickness or pain that they are suffering from. It could be a headache, abdominal pain, or any other difficulty. Only one thing is certain, that the child is having some difficulty which they don’t know how to express.


When a child is depressed, he or she can reject everything they receive, because they have not yet received their request. It could be something simple as their mum or granddad not being at home with them. All they really want is this one thing, and as they are anxious about it, so they reject everything else. Simple right?


Fever may not always be linked to a medical condition. Symptoms such as an increase in body temperature are very common among children who worry about their mum and dad when they are away from home for a few days. Children face many mental conflicts such as these that could manifest through fever symptoms.

Facial expressions

The child’s face is a mirror that expresses their feelings. We can even understand what most adults are feeling through their facial expressions. The same is true of children. Sometimes a child who normally is pleasant and full of laughter may be quite downcast. As parents, you should be quick to pick up on these cues, because they can be indicators of physical or mental discomfort.


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