This is an interesting article about the ways we expect our children to uphold the persona of being happy, carefree, and lighthearted at all times. In doing so, we neglect to remember that regardless our age, human beings are complex feeling creatures, and children are no exception. This article investigates the necessity to allow kids to feel emotions from the entire spectrum of feeling rather than accepting certain moods and emotions while punishing them for feeling the darker, less tolerable states of being. click here to read the article.
Holding space for someone to be who they are, in whatever experience they are in, is a skill and a gift we can offer one another. Though easier said than done, when we offer to hold space for someone, we let them know that we will patiently sit with them in their moment(s) of deep emotion or experience. Though often uncomfortable to hold this space, what a kindness to offer to another. This article does a nice job of explaining this skill. click here to read more.