Dear Boys, your parents have feelings

In our house, we are very honest about our feelings. This past year and this past week, the adults in this house had a great deal of feelings. Instead of covering them up, we talked about those feelings openly.

This week was tough. My husband and I didn’t realize the emotional weight the current events in our country held until we both realized we weren’t present. It affected just about everything we did….including engaging with our kids.

Once we realized the impact, we talked about it out loud. We were feeling sad, frustrated, mad, and worried. We talked about what happens to our bodies and minds when we have those feelings, and we talked about things that might help us feel better.

I think this was an important time for me to practice what I preach and I’m glad my husband felt the same. It felt right to share our feelings with our kids even though they had no idea what was going on. My 3 year old offered to read our feelings book with me and hugs….he gets it.

Having conversations like this builds on the language and vocabulary our little ones need to help express themselves and build life long skills for their mental health.

Maybe we can raise a generation of humans that are able to express themselves and be productive with those feelings in a safe and healthy way!

Another lesson for the small ones? Never stop striving to make the world better. Start by caring for all people and aim for love and respect.

Published by Dr. Miranda Wolff

I am a speech-language pathologist and I specialize in early intervention. I obtained my Masters degree from Penn State University and my Doctorate Degree from Rocky Mountain University of Healthcare Professions. I have worked in a variety of setting but most of my experience is working with preschool aged children. I thought I knew so much about that age and younger until I had my own children! I'm a proud mother of two wonderful boys and while they can be a challenge at times, they help me develop new skills and new ways to approach language development in a functional and motivating way I would never have truly grasped without them. I started this blog in an effort to share and support others while their little ones are growing and learning and also to support my fellow SLPs. I hope you find my posts helpful. My goal is to provide practical ideas and suggestions because I know first hand that setting out to do anything that isn't functional or motivating for you and your children won't give you the results or satisfaction we all hope to obtain while working with our little ones.

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