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

Sadness and Disappointment

Yesterday was “Students as Teachers Day.” My eight-year-old won the raffle and got to be Mrs. P for half the day. Well, she had high expectations, and sadly, those expectations were not met. She came home from school and buried her head in my lap. She didn’t get to actually “teach” anything. She just walked… Continue reading Sadness and Disappointment

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

Are You a Real Superhero? Book Series

Not long ago, I realized the best way to teach my children about emotions' messages would be through pictures and stories. It sure was tough trying to explain abstract, complex concepts to my six-year-old about boundaries! PROBLEM: Children learn best by having visual pictures and images to help them understand complex concepts. But there isn't… Continue reading Are You a Real Superhero? Book Series

Anger and a Surprising Motivation

This morning, my child #3 sat in the chair child #1 had previously been sitting in. #1 noticed, and immediately felt violated. She stormed over to #3. “#3! That’s my chair! Move please!” Of course, #3 didn’t. So #1 sat on it and tried pushing her off. Lots of screaming and yelling and “I was… Continue reading Anger and a Surprising Motivation