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Mixed emotions

For at least the past month,  I've been struggling with Willis' new-found lack in ability to control of his emotions.  He's the happiest kid one minute and then freaking out, crying, tantrum throwing the next.
And only with me.
Sometimes, he reminds me of my adolescent friends :) that I spend time with during the school year.  Sunny one day, vicious the next.  And on top of that, they have social media to fight with and it can be scary.  They text, they facebook, they spread rumours...like a 5 year old, they also need to be taught how to fight fair and how to respect each other, because when it comes down to it, that is the most important part.

Which feels like the same situation I find myself in right now.  I want my son to be respectful, empathetic, compassionate...but I also want him to be able to stand up to bullying and face conflict in a confidant way.

As a parent, I am always aware of the constant need to be teaching new skills, modelling behaviours or researching new strategies in order to help my kids grow into the best they can be.  I know they will not be perfect but I feel it's our job to give them the skill sets so they can take on whatever is thrown at them.
They needed to learn to how to eat, how to sleep, how to nap, how to walk, how to swim, how to ride a bike...the list goes on
And so it doesn't change when my 5 year old needs to learn how to deal with his emotions.  This is a common occurrence at this age when they are bombarded with feelings that they can't vocalize.  And because I want my son to grow into an adult who can identify his feelings and rationally act on them instead of lashing out at people, I will therefore equip him with the tools he needs.

So I've been researching and implementing some strategies that I'll go over in the next couple of weeks with my raving or not so raving reviews.

And in the meantime, even thought it's not always rainbows and lollipops over here, I'll end on a butterfly and unicorn happy note in the hopes of a fantastic weekend.  Enjoy!










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  1. Good Luck, Deena. I decided yesterday I was going to purchase, "How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk" to help me with my relationship with Calder. In my reading I also came across "Setting limits with your strong-willed child" that I think I am going to pick up as well. Looking forward to your reviews!

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