Repression or self-restraint?
Let’s talk about healthy expressions.
Keeping Emotions in Check
Not only were kids in my generation made to keep their behavior in check, unlike today, but they were also made to keep their emotions in check as well. Now pop psychologists might call this repression. But there’s a difference between getting something off your chest and the way you get it off your chest.
True to the times, the song “Santa Clause is Coming to Town” was first heard in 1934. It not only urged good behavior and warned against bad. It warned against unmerited crying and pouting about things also.
Putting limits on how our kids express their emotions is healthy. It’s not repression. It’s good old fashion self-restraint. Having emotionally healthy kids means teaching them how to control their emotions.
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