3 Steps to Helping Children in their Emotions

How do I help my kids in their emotions? This has been an epic journey for me. Not epic in a sense of heroic, but epic in the sense of incredibly-long-and-exhausting. Along that journey were sleepless nights, tears of pain, and many, many questions. And more and more, I began to recognize that I really… Continue reading 3 Steps to Helping Children in their Emotions

Carrying Emotions (from the Web!)

Last summer, I logged onto the Reddit website and began scanning through some of the forums. I wanted to know what people were doing to help themselves in their emotions. I looked at the sadness forum, the anger section, the anxiety group, and the depression category. I read through quite a few people’s posts and… Continue reading Carrying Emotions (from the Web!)

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

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