As the old saying goes, “there is a time and place for everything,” and that includes our emotions.
In our culture today, our children need to see our imperfections, but just not all the time. As a parent are you truly yourself in front of your children? Do you let them see the emotions behind that person they look up to?
I think there’s wisdom in allowing your kids to see the full continuum of your personality and your emotions. Too much of either extreme, however, can be harmful to your kids’ emotional well-being. I see so many parents who are afraid of getting angry, getting silly, or perhaps even crying in front of their kids. This really is not a problem.
The problem is when our extreme emotions become the norm, like the parent who’s always “flying off the handle”, always crying, or always doing something inappropriate or just plain silly. Your kids need to see you angry once in a while, but controlled anger. There are times to cry or be silly, but life is about balance and this balance is the best way to bring emotional health to your kids.
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