Using Sugar to Pacify Emotions

We very rarely have candy or sweets in our house. I mean . . . Like. Never. Well, I guess there’s Halloween, Christmas, Easter, and the 4th of July Parade. But other than that, it is usually a rarity in our house. Except for this week. I had a meeting I was in charge of,… Continue reading Using Sugar to Pacify Emotions

Carrying Emotions and How to Give Them Back

I love the subject of carrying other people’s emotions. And no, I’m not talking about being empathetic and helping others carry their burdens. This topic of carrying other’s emotions is simple and easy. That’s why I love it. Have you ever gone to the store feeling fine, and then come home super grumpy? I have!… Continue reading Carrying Emotions and How to Give Them Back

Angry, but Sadness was at the Root

It was after a very long day of battling my ten-year-old when she finally crawled into bed and I felt defeated. We had fought over E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. She had been defiant in everything I’d asked of her, mean to her sisters, and quick tempered. And I was tired. But I did not want to end the… Continue reading Angry, but Sadness was at the Root

How do I help my kids work through their emotions? (The First Step)

How do I help my kids work through their emotions? This has been a long journey for me. I feel that teaching my kiddos the tools to work through their emotions is one of the greatest gifts I can give them. They will need these skills for the rest of their lives! I did a… Continue reading How do I help my kids work through their emotions? (The First Step)

Anger, Sadness, and then Anger Again

This is an experience I wrote about during July of 2018—glorious cherry season in Eastern Washington. What's unique about this experience is that I often find great peace once I've realized the emotion that's present, discover its message, and then act on it. But this time, it took me through THREE emotions!      … Continue reading Anger, Sadness, and then Anger Again

The Emotion Code book review

The Emotion Code is a self-help book written by holistic physician, lecturer, and founder of The Emotion Code and The Body Code, Dr. Bradley Nelson. This book is divided into four parts. Part I introduces the concept of trapped emotions—emotions from our past that are not completely processed and become trapped within the physical body.… Continue reading The Emotion Code book review

An Eight-Year-Old’s Message in Anger

The summer garage sales are so fun. My kids love them! I remember one Friday, a few months ago, there were a few set up around our neighborhood. The girls were ecstatic to go browse the treasures. But I had the girls’ chores cards set out and the jobs needed to be completed before the… Continue reading An Eight-Year-Old’s Message in Anger

Sadness, Depression, Anger, and the Devil

We are back. After the summer-end travels, the back to school flurry, and the long-expected funeral, we are back to starting our daily routines again. I now have the oldest four in school, and just to the two youngest at home. Amidst the whirlwind of the past few weeks, there were lots of emotions passing… Continue reading Sadness, Depression, Anger, and the Devil

Getting Nowhere with Sadness

Yesterday, my oldest was quite grouchy. She was snappy and short and fierce. I couldn’t figure out why. I got no guidance on it. Toward the end of the day, I was losing patience. “What’s going on?” I asked her. “Why are you having such a hard time today?” She complained about her sisters being… Continue reading Getting Nowhere with Sadness