TITLE: Feelings From a Five Year Old
By Andria Cook
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Alex can do many things by himself.
Alex can put the groceries away on the shelf.
Alex can put food in the refrigerator, too.
Yes, those are two things that Alex can do.
Alex can do it; he can pick up his toys,
Alex is learning when to be quiet, and when to make noise.
Alex is learning that he can be in control,
And choose the right way to let his feelings show.
Alex can use his words to tell
The things that he’s feeling, he does not have to yell.
Alex can do it, he knows what to say
When his friends are being mean or he does not want to play.
Alex uses his manners, he knows this is best
Even when he is cranky, from not getting enough rest
Alex is just learning, sometimes he does not get it right
Alex sometimes makes bad choices and forgets not to fight.
Alex can take a time out if he feels out of control
He can walk away instead of just shouting No!
Alex can set boundaries, he can say don’t go there
He can say this is mine, and I’d rather not share.
Alex can choose the right thing to do
Alex can remember “please” and “thank you”.
Alex can take a deep breath and let it out
He doesn’t have to cry, panic or shout.
We are not going to panic, we are not going to cry
We are not going to run away, we are not going to lie
We will face our feelings and be strong
And our problems will be solved before too long.
We can be responsible at just four or five
That is not too young to have rules to live by.
We all have rules that we can not break
We all have to give instead of just take.
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