I have often been amazed at how emotionally aware Eli is with his feelings. Even in my 30's I have many feelings which usually present themselves as anger. I struggle name the actual emotion to what I am feeling. Not Eli, since he has been able to talk well, probably about 2 years old, he has been able to express his actual feelings in words within minutes of acting out or even without action out prior.
Today Eli says: "I am feeling selfish Mom."
(How cool is that, he can name the actual emotion instead of just saying I am mad. He was happily playing when he said this and there was no assistance from me to name his emotion.)
Why?: "Because I don't want to share my new bouncy ball tomorrow with our friends."
His final thought could use some training. He decided he better just find a way to not let his friends play with the ball. He mentioned hiding it or playing with it in their presence and flat out telling them they can't use his ball.