Last month I addressed race issues as the #2 challenge that parents state they are concerned about today.
The #3 biggest concern is keeping children in touch with their emotional well being and who they are. When I saw this topic as one of the top six concerns for parents, I thought back to when I was a child. Yikes! Navigating life can indeed be challenging for children. We take our directives about our emotions from the adults in our lives, don’t we? Think back about how those adults handled life’s hardships and disappointments. Were they courageous and kept their emotions intact in a healthy manner or were they chronic worriers and fretted about the mishaps of daily life? Emotional brokenness in adults can affect how our children learn to handle those challenges in life that we all experience.
Let’s look at this example: When our children are outside playing and fall down causing a “boo-boo”, we do one of two things: 1) We encourage them to, dust themselves off and continue playing after we clean up the boo-boo, or 2) we tell them to stop playing because they might get hurt worse next time.
Truth is, we cannot prevent life’s mishaps or bad things from happening, but we can learn to deal with them in a healthy manner that allows us to enjoy life to the fullest.
Here is an excerpt from a note-worthy article, Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being: “Having a clear explanation of what is emotional well-being in young children can help practitioners identify how they can support children. Emotional well being is linked very closely to children being able to communicate and interact with others in a positive way. Children will often get frustrated and not being able to deal with these frustrations can have effects on children’s emotional well being, therefore giving children the adequate support will enable them to deal with their emotions and frustrations appropriately. There will be plenty of times where children will turn to adults for help in managing negative feelings, helping children to deal with these will help them to deal with their feeling later on in life.”
The person with the motivational gift of mercy is intrinsically emotional because they are deep feeling individuals. The same is true for the one with the gift of prophecy. These children have an added challenge so it is important to discover your children’s motivational gifts as early as possible to help them learn how to deal with their emotions in a productive way.
Take a look at these Eight Practical Tips for Parents in this enlightening article about this very issue.
Have a wonderful month!
P.S. Cayden has a gift of Mercy and Daniel has a gift of Prophecy.