Thursday, March 17, 2016

Big Ones, Little Ones: How are you feeling today?

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Big Ones, Little Ones: How are you feeling?

As a therapist, I spend my days knee-deep in feelings. Big ones, little ones, upbeat ones, downcast ones...from elation to the muck and mire...all of those feelings are played out on a daily basis. Yes, dealing with feelings has been my life's work.

It's the one thing that brings people to my office...FEELINGS. Usually pretty big ones. The kind of feelings that we trip on, the ones that hold us back in life and interfere with us living the kind of lives we had envisioned for ourselves.



Feelings are Hard


And feelings can be challenging. Really challenging. Especially if you aren't used to dealing with them. That's why I'm so glad we are only limited by our imaginations when it comes to helping others deal with them. Take the magnetic feelings chart pictured above. It has sat quietly on the outside of my supply cabinet in my office for years.

Though it says nothing, it speaks volumes. It's garnered lots of attention. Attention from young and old alike. Teeny tiny hands and rough, weathered hands have held onto that chart, pouring out what was in their hearts, even when they had no words to describe it. The chart is guide into uncharted territory for some.

Why It Matters So Much

It matters a whole awful lot, maybe more than you've ever imagined. Being able to navigate these sometimes messy parts of being human is what determines our happiness (and even success) in life. True story. It's why there is such a push in most places to make sure kids learn about social-emotional development. It's why early childhood programs and home visiting programs focus so much on social-emotional skill building. Our mental health is directly related to social-emotional skills.



How do you help your kids (and yourself) deal with feelings and social skills?

Looking for Help?




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Wendy Young, LMSW, BCD, is  the founder of Kidlutions and co-author of BLOOM: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids. She is the creator of numerous workbooks and resources to help from the preschool through the teen years. Follow her on PinterestInstagramTwitter and Facebook! She'd love to see your smiling face there!

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