Recently I’ve been interested in how gratitude affects our happiness and health and I found a lot of interesting resources. I thought I should share some of them with you. Plus, I have a free printable for you at the end of this article 🙂
Life can be hectic sometimes. It can sweep you up and make you forget about all the small beautiful things around you. With that in mind, I have a gift for you today. Or for the day when you will need a little encouragement. We all need to be reminded more to breathe deeply and to … Read more
Willpower. That mysterious force that drives us to build our dream career, eat a salad instead of a cupcake, read interesting books instead of mindlessly watching TV, exercise, show endless patience while raising our children and much more. Basically, it’s the force that helps us make the right choices and reach our goals, whichever they … Read more
Have you ever decided you were going to start a healthy diet? Maybe you were planning to lose weight, or complete a sugar-free month challenge, or prevent a health issue, or maybe you were at the beginning of a “New Year. New You”. Then, one day, you passed by that pink, bubbly, amazingly smelling cupcake … Read more
Understanding children’s emotions
This post is inspired by a book I’m currently reading, and thoroughly enjoying, called “Pride and Joy: A Guide to Understanding Your Child’s Emotions and Solving Family Problems“, by Kenneth Barish. Check out a free preview of this lovely book and let me know if you like it.
The author is a therapist who worked with children and families for over three decades and he explains why empathy is important in communicating with children.
Most children look up to their parents for approval and they want to do well. But they get caught in the moment and have impulsive reactions. A lot of times, their negative reactions are driven by a feeling of unfairness.
Children and teenagers are also more prone to impulsiveness because their brain is not fully developed. The prefrontal cortex, which is the part of the brain responsible for decision-making and logical thinking reaches maturity during our mid-20s.
Toddlers have an extra barrier in communication and, therefore, extra frustrations because they don’t always have the language skills to explain what they want or how they feel.
We’ve all been in their shoes at some point. Let’s try to imagine going back.