As a species, we all experience emotions and emotions have a function in our body and life. While emotions can be pleasurable and invite connection with others, they can also be uncomfortable and negatively influence our thoughts and reactions. Although our children may be little, the intensity of their emotions can be overwhelming to not only them but to you as their parent. Helping children manage their emotions and giving them tools to put them in the driver’s seat of their thoughts and reactions will support them in learning to cope and adjust their responses more effectively.
We do not talk about loss in our culture and yet every day we experience it in some big or small way. Whether our teenager is moving into residence, we are moving to a new city or we are leaving a job for a new one navigating loss is a common human experience.