If we start early in their emotional education, we can reduce their frustration and create a bond that tells them, "You can trust me. I understand your feelings". This will serve you well over the course of your relationship. Do ya' feel me?
The younger the child, the more difficult it is for them to express their emotions in words and for many kids through middle school, subtle emotions such as disappointment or shame, are especially difficult.
Start them out with a basic "emotional" education and you can move forward as their language skills, self-awareness and maturity allow. For your own child's needs, you may need to adopt these "emoticons" to their favorite things like dinosaurs or dogs in order to make your point. Get creative so you can truly connect with your kids.
Have fun! TTFN, Claudia