In 2021 I didn’t write very many blog posts here on EmotionCulture.com. I was busy starting my Pastoral Counseling practice and generally surviving 2021, as we all were. What I did write I wrote at ChristianMommas.com. Temi, who started ChristianMommas, is focused on helping women have a spiritual experience of motherhood. She is an author of books and You Version Bible Reading Plans, and she has an Etsy shop for all her inspiring artwork! She has invited other Christian women and momma bloggers to contribute what God has taught them about motherhood at ChristianMommas, including me! It’s been a blessing and an honor to join her for some posts about how to lead our children through their big feelings while managing our own so that at the end of the day we are all closer to God.
Here is an excerpt from Part 1 of a series I wrote called “Teaching your kids about anger”
“Did he just growl at me?
I was in the kitchen making dinner when my two year old came in and asked for a “nak, Mama, nak!” (snack).
“Mama’s making dinner, Bud. We will eat soon”, I assured him.
I turned around to see him standing behind me, tiny fists clenched, shoulders lifted, face scrunched up, glaring straight into my eyes. Yes, he had growled at me.
He was working very hard to tell me he felt angry because I said no to a snack. Only, he didn’t know how to say the word “angry”, and he also didn’t know that “angry” meant what he was feeling both in his emotions and his physical body.
You see, we aren’t born knowing about our emotions. What their names are, what their jobs are, and how to express them are all things we have to be taught. Many of us are “grown up” before we learn to put words to our emotions to express them without sin. Some of us never learn…”
I’ll be sharing the rest of my posts for ChristianMommas here over the next few months with links. Even if you’re not a parent, sometimes we all need to go back to the basics of how to handle our big feelings!