Honoring the Emotional Child

This is wonderful and timely, as I just this week picked up an extra day at work (meaning an extra day in care for my girls). I’m currently feeling ALL of the feelings and need to be able to express this in the same way that my girls need to be able to express their sadness at separating from me.

Abundant Life Children

Crying. Screaming. Whining.  Moping.  Melting down.  Pestering.  Throwing a tantrum.  Pitching a fit.  We have many ways to describe a child’s emotional sorrows: the anger, desire, frustration, fury, sadness, and loneliness experienced by the young children in our lives.  As parents and providers, we are not-so-subtly pressured to get these moments under control.  The sideways glances while we are out in public, or the raised eyebrows of judgment imploring a tighter reign over our reckless and disrespectful lot.  And then there is the more powerful internal drive to fix.  We often hold the power to bandage the woes – the desired cookie, the delayed bedtime, the ability to walk instead of ride.  Yet what do children experience when we fix?  And is the fix always truly a fix?

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