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Once again we see communication between the child and the parents is a great way to work through what you are feeling. This is a positive step in the right direction. After talking the family blew bubbles until Josh felt better. We didn't try the bubbles, but there were a few times we used a physical action to work through emotions.
Ever have one of those days when everything goes wrong or when everyone is frustrated or angry about something? We did. I remember sitting in the floor with the kids a few times when one of us was so frustrated or upset that it felt like we might explode. So what did we do? We exploded!
I told the kids we should just scream. They weren't too sure about that, but I told them we really should do it. Nothing. Finally I just screamed at the top of my lungs! The kids stared at me and looked at each other wondering if I'd lost my mind. What was I going to do next? Well, what I DID was tell them we should all scream. Again nothing. So I screamed again. I kept telling them to join me. They looked at each other with these funny little grins, and then THEY screamed. After a couple of minutes of just screaming at the top of our lungs we were all laughing so hard that it was hard not to fail over. We laughed and laughed until we were exhausted! But the important thing to take away is that no one was still upset or frustrated. Also, we were not screaming AT each other: we were screaming WITH one another. No one was yelling at someone else because we were mad at them. We were screaming to release all the pent up feelings and let go of them. It worked like a charm, and what had frustrated us only a few minutes earlier just seemed silly after the screaming.
I have to say this wasn't something I had never experienced before: I had a teacher in college who told me to get away from everyone now and then so I could just scream. She assured me it was a great release. To be honest, I never did drive to the middle of nowhere to scream, but she DID have me scream once in the classroom. (We were the only two people in the area.)
To be honest, I am beginning to have a problem with all these books with the same theme. Yes, I agree completely that it is a great idea to talk things out. However, I also believe that sooner or later that isn't going to happen in the real world. Sure, it might be a great idea. However, when Mom's in the middle of cooking something that has to be stirred for several more minutes, and Dad is on the phone with a friend whose wife just died, Mom and Dad aren't going to break away "right now" to talk "as long as you want". That isn't realistic. Sometimes it just isn't going to be possible to stop everything (driving down the highway in a storm) and calmly talk about things. Sometimes you are GOING to need another way to ease the tension. No, I'm not saying you should scream while someone is on the phone or driving, but you need to have a plan BEFORE you need it!
We had balloons that were about 5 feet long, and we would use them like they were swords and we were in a battle. (Same principal as a pillow fight.) Get creative. Run around the house 3 times, do 10 jumping jacks, and then run around the house 3 more times in the opposite direction. Just show your children that sometimes we can talk things through, but sometimes we just need to DO something!
Dealing with feelings can be hard for our little ones. Even when they have been taught coping skills , they frequently need little reminders in the heat of the moment. This adorable book can be a useful tool for parents or care givers to aid in helping kids deal with things when they are upset. This author has many books to give kids a visual of dealing with everyday emotions and feelings. He does so in a easy to understand way. Why not give this one a try.?!