Were You Allowed to Be Sad? (1-30-14)


Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   Feeling sad is a necessary life lesson.

PRACTICE:   Today, think about whether you were allowed to feel sad when you were young.

If you believe you were permitted to deal with sadness as a child, think about what you learned from those experiences. How do you use as an adult what you learned as a child? Celebrate the opportunity to learn those lessons.

If you believe you were not permitted to deal with sadness as a child, think about how you were protected from sadness. Were you talked out of it, given things to take your attention away from something sad, or kept from even knowing about sad things that happened in your family?

Ask yourself whether you are doing those same things with your own child.

Make a new decision whether you really want to do that.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, A BALL FOR DAISY.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at Children and Loss (of Special People or Special Things). 

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