School is starting this week in our community. For a month now, parents have been shopping back-to-school sales, buying our children their school supplies and clothes to wear. It’s been a busy time of preparing. Now parents can breathe a sigh of relief, right?
Whew. The children are in school.
Unfortunately, that relief isn’t as long-lasting as we’d like. Now we start worrying about a host of other issues.
“What if my child becomes the target of a bully?”
“What if my child can’t keep up with the others in the class? How will that make him/her feel?”
“Will my child like school? Will he/she have friends? (Good friends?)”
“Can my child handle the emotional stress that will come with growing up?”
“Will my child talk to my about his/her concerns, or will they withdraw, and isolate themselves?”
In short, we worry about our children’s emotions. We worry about how they will deal with the emotional strain, stress and tension that we know is out there in their world.
My question, though, is this:
What have you taught your children about emotions?
Do your children know what emotions are, why they have them, and what to do with them?
Most parents have not consciously taught their children about these things, because, quite frankly, most parents do not really understand emotions themselves.
We’ve prepared our children well for the physical aspect of going back to school. We must prepare them emotionally too. If you worry about that, I invite you to take the course, “What to Teach Your Children About Emotions.” Children who are prepared to understand their emotions will not fall apart the minute stress comes. They will know how to make decisions based upon their family values and standards, and not be swayed by emotional appeals or manipulation.
You can also contact me for a coaching session on this topic. Our kids definitely need this knowledge.