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Weathering the Storms: A Guide to Healthy Expressions of Emotions for Parents and Children from YCCA


Yolo County Children’s Alliance is excited to share Weathering the Storms: A Guide to Healthy Expressions of Emotions for Parents and Children. This resource for parents and caregivers, which we are launching during Child Abuse Prevention Month, discusses how to identify emotions, the importance of empathy, and how to prevent and weather emotional storms. The guide is available in English, Spanish, and Russian at


The guide is designed to help parents teach their children to identify and express feelings in a healthy way, while also developing skills to better regulate their own emotions. The guide covers how to enhance children’s emotional development, use calming strategies when emotions are building, and deal with emotional storms.


In addition to teaching parents and children about the healthy expressions of emotions, this guide supports the following protective factors known to strengthen families and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect: parental resilience, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence.


If you are a parent, please visit to read the guide and find ways for you and your children to express feelings in healthy ways!


If you are a family-serving provider, please help us reach more families with this information. You can find out more by visiting We hope this information will help you support and strengthen families!


If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Natalie Audage, the YCCA Child Abuse Prevention Coordinator, at

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