Do you know how difficult it is for us adults to convey our emotions (feelings) in a semi-appropriate manner? Now imagine that you are a little kid or even a young teen who is trying to translate feelings into words and actions. Throw in hormonal changes that are "normal" as we continue to develop and grow and you have one hot mess. This is even more prominent when we come from a place where our parents are divorced, separated or in the process of either. School is getting even more challenging and let's not forget the good old-fashioned peer pressure and bullying, sports events, studying, sexual identity & gender questions and any one of a million other factors that impact our ability to express our feelings in an appropriate manner!
No wonder, our kids don't know how to express themselves. But have no fear, Super-dupper therapist mom is here (I know, that was slightly over-the-top, but you get the drift). We can help support healthy feeling expression when our little ones are developing. Let's start with the little ones:
A VERY VERY VERY important thing to keep in mind when working on this is that we CANNOT begin practicing this when our kid is having a meltdown! All you do is set yourself up for failure. We begin practicing when things are going good and we go from there. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks in the future.
Ready to get support with your child? Give us a call at 919-412-5685. We are here to help you. Most major insurances are accepted!
Samantha Mahon, M.S.,NCC,LPC
Samantha is a proactive and practical parenting expert. She is a Board Certified Counselor and she uses her knowledge of psychotherapy combined with her own personal and professional experiences to bring you the real-life options as parents.