Jealousy and envy are emotions that we have all felt (and will feel) at some time, even our sons and daughters. Like frustration, joy or sadness, children do not know what they are until we tell them about them, of course, they do not learn to manage them until we give them the tools. For the children to understand that it focused on jealousy and envy does not bring anything good, the poet Marisa Alonso has written this short poem about a jealous rose.
To work on this children's poetry, after the verses we propose some activities with which you will have a lot of fun. In addition, we give you some tips to avoid falling and provoke unnecessary jealousy in our little ones with some behaviors and attitudes of which many times we are not even aware.
'The jealous rose' is a short poem, of 5 stanzas with 4 verses each, which is located in any garden or field. The protagonists of this poetry are a rose and a daisy. Do you want to know why the former is jealous of the latter? You can read (and recite) it yourself!
Planted a seed
a child among stones,
tall, slender and beautiful.
Was born next to her
with large petals,
One of the most beautiful!
I was looking at the rose
and seeing her so beautiful
I saw the rose
grow to flower,
the more beautiful
greater your pain.
It faded away
and before it was wrinkled
for being envious.
It is a poem that we can work with in many ways with children. Here we propose some activities that you can adapt to the age and knowledge of your son or daughter.
1. Reading comprehension questions
Check that your son or daughter has paid attention to the reading of the poem and, above all, if they have understood what it is talking about. To do this, we propose some reading comprehension questions.
- What did the boy do that upset the rose?
- How did the rose feel about the daisy?
- Did you forget about jealousy?
- What ended up happening to you because of the envy you felt?
2. Questions to ponder about poetry
If you want to reflect with your child on the subject of jealousy and envy, here are some questions that you can ask as a conversation.
- Why was the rose jealous?
- Have you ever been jealous? And envy someone?
- Are these emotions felt in any part of the body?
- What would you have done if you were the rose?
3. Recite the poem or turn it into the lyrics of a song
One of the funniest activities you can do is each one to memorize a verse of poetry and organize a small home recital to surprise the rest of the family. You can also take the melody of a popular children's song and use this poem as new lyrics to sing it.
4. Record a video and send it to grandparents
What if you record yourself with a mobile phone and send the video of the poetry to your grandparents? You will give them a pleasant surprise.
5. Draw poetry
Don't forget to make a nice drawing that embodies the poetry of 'La rosa celosa'.
As we have already told you, jealousy and envy are emotions that children have to learn to identify, name and manage. As mentioned in the report 'Child jealousy' carried out by the Spanish Association of Early Care Pediatrics, jealousy is complex emotions that include other emotions such as fear, sadness, or anger. Therefore, parents must do an exercise in empathy to try to understand the reasons that lead our child to be jealous.
The causes for which they can appear are varied: by the arrival of a new brother, by the older brother or even by a friend or classmate. To help children prevent this jealousy or to manage it once it has appeared, here are some keys to keep in mind.
- In the case of jealousy over the birth of a baby, we can prevent them by trying not to create false expectations for the child (for example, we cannot tell him that he will have a great time with his brother, because in the first months he will not be able to play with him), including him in decision-making Simple as the color in which you are going to paint their room and, once the baby is born, making him participate in some of your care.
- Al compare our son with other children (friends, colleagues, brothers, cousins ...) we can generate jealousy and envy in them, as well as enormous pressure to change their way of being. This is a practice that parents should avoid at all costs, as well as talking to other adults about what the child does wrong.
- Penalize one brother more than the other; show more affection for one than the other; constantly scold; talk only about all the bad things it does ... Reflect if you make any of these mistakes, even if it is unconsciously.
So that you can continue working with your son or daughter on the emotions of jealousy or envy, below we offer you other stories or poems that talk about them. They talk about jealousy between rivals, but also between friends or towards siblings. Do educational activities similar to those that we propose so that your little one can internalize the learning.
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