Children and their ability to sense subtle emotions

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My daughter was able to sense my emotions relating to their dad. I thought I was doing a pretty good job with like not yelling or screaming or doing anything obvious with their dad when we were in frustrating moments. And I was sitting on the couch with my 4-year-old and she looked at me and she said, Mommy, you need to be nice to daddy. And I kept going what are you talking about, be nice to daddy. What did mommy do? And she said well you are not talking to him. And so she had noticed a moment where I pretty much ignored him because there was a frustrating moment. And I didn´t think it was wearing on my expression. I just thought I was going from one thing to another. So I had to look at that and really recognize, wow, she saw that. And she was right on point. So I looked at her and I said you know what, Amara? Mommy is going to be nice to daddy. I am going to be nice to daddy. I am going to talk to him next time. And so I thought it was just really important to look at what she saw. I knew it was very real and to address that issue. And so the next time I saw her dad, I started talking to him, was a little more friendlier with him. And I looked at her and I said, Amara, was that nice? And she said yeah, that was nice.
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Maria Elena Cruz is an active artist and curator, and the mother of two children, aged five and seven. She has taught art for 15 years, and believes that art can help children’s development and ease them through difficult times of transition – something she has experience with firsthand. During the day she teaches at Optimist High and in the evening she teaches watercolor, mixed media art, and figure drawing at UCLA. Maria also directs a project called, “The Pulse,” where she invites the community to paint to the rhythm of drums. Maria also recently began a nonprofit, Dial Art that serves communities in multiple ways through art. Her children are happily involved in most of her art programs. Her son, Clarence, age seven, has been learning to play the trumpet for two years and is involved with the science academy. Her daughter, Amara, age five, is involved with gymnastics and the science academy.

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