A couple weeks ago I talked a little bit about the big summer movie Inside Out. I hope that everyone has had a chance to see it because I truly believe that it will change the way we talk to our kids about how they are feeling. The movie gives us a point of reference and visual examples to put names and faces to things that otherwise are difficult to describe. I picked a couple of my favorites below:
There are so many great moments, I could go on and on. The movie has given us a vocabulary we’ve never had before where we can take hard to describe feelings and put them into words that our kids will now relate to. We need to use this movie as a springboard to talk to our kids. If all kids start to think about their emotions, their decisions and their personalities in these terms, it will help them become stronger individuals and will also help them in all their future relationships. It could influence an entire generation, now that is powerful.
I started writing this blog because I wanted to have deeper conversations beyond "How are you?", "Busy", with other parents. Over the years I've shared personal stories, articles, authors and topics to facilitate conversations with parents about the joys and the challenges of parenting.