Precious, beautiful, pure, and so so open to this world. Our little people are little sponges who literally inhale what they’re exposed to as they grow up. They learn to speak, to eat, to operate their most intricate instrument their body, and they learn how to deal with the highs and lows of life. Whatever they’re exposed to is their ‘norm’, and we all have such an influence in showing them how life can be done. With mental health issues in adults growing I see such an opportunity for us ALL to teach our children how to experience better emotional wellbeing so they can live happier lives and be real game changers in the future for lowering stigmas.
I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve been told “You’re too sensitive”. Oh YES I AM!! It’s one of my superpowers and an attribute I’m proud of (but took a long time to learn) I have BIG emotions! When I’m happy you can most definitely hear me laughing, when I’m sad it’s written all over my face and tears flow freely, when I’m mad; well you can tell that too. I have been gifted a daughter with the same attributes, which at times has been confronting but I couldn’t be more grateful for her presence in my life. She is gentle, caring, funny, and wholeheartedly herself; she is full of her big emotions. I get to guide her from childhood through to adulthood and teach her ways to nurture those big emotions. Squashing any emotion is unhealthy, yet society tries to shape our youth into people who ultimately struggle to deal with what is most important in life, their own happiness and wellbeing. A fabulous place to start is helping the kids in your life to understand the emotions they feel are real and valid, even if they’re hard for you to understand. It’s ok to feel, big or small, and the more kids feel ok to feel, the less hiding of feelings will happen.