Emotions

Emotional Acceptance

Here are three steps to accept our children’s emotions so they can be expressed in a healthy manner: Take a deep breath and remain calm (joining their big emotions will escalate the situation) Hold firmly to your boundary, position or limit (this isn’t about being permissive or giving in) Let their feelings be and acknowledge…

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Bullying: How to Help Your Child

October is Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying touches the lives of many young people and it can take many forms including physical, mental/emotion, and cyberbullying. While there are many ways we as adults can support bullying prevention, we can also teach children to help themselves when faced with bullying. Teach Empathy. “Hurt people” hurt people. Children…

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Facing Change & Transitions

Change is a part of life, but it can make us feel so uncomfortable until things are “resolved”. Here are some tips to overcome typical struggles in facing life transitions. Accept the Change We often spend a lot of mental energy fighting the change or not even acknowledging that life is changing. We try to…

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Forgiveness: Challenging Myths

Forgiveness is a topic I find myself talking with a lot of people about due to a lot of misconceptions. We hold onto a lot of beliefs about forgiveness that lead to us feeling not ready to forgive someone who has wronged us. It can lead to us holding onto a lot of anger that…

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Self Care is NOT Selfish

We’ve all felt that pull to take care of other people or work responsibilities or anything other than ourselves and the idea of stopping for just a moment to take care of our own needs feels bad or even wrong. We are taught to believe that taking time for ourselves is selfish and taking that…

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My Child Just Can’t Manage His Emotions!

What do I Do with My Child’s Emotions? If you’re a parent or have children in your life in any capacity, you know how hard it can be for them manage their emotions. As the adults in their lives, we have the unique and important task of helping them understand what they are feeling and…

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