I was recently given the opportunity to review the e-book Navigating Emotions by Amy Phoenix from Presence Parenting. The purpose of the book is to force you to stop and think about your feelings before you act hastily. This way you can choose how you respond instead of just reacting in the moment. I really enjoyed the book and feel that she offered many practical solutions to the different ways that we react when parenting gets overwhelming.
I was a bit skeptical at first, because a lot of her advice focuses on deep breathing and thinking. I wasn’t sure that I was capable of any of that when I was particularly stressed or frustrated, but it is possible. It takes effort, but I have found that some of her suggestions were not only doable but really helpful as well. I think that many of us yell or shut down when we get upset with our kids and then wish we had handled it better. This book gives many practical ways to do just that.
My particular favorite is the Sit Down. When you are feeling particularly upset or overwhelmed, just sit down! In the middle of the floor, on the couch, at the table, wherever. You’d be surprised at how much better you feel just sitting there taking a breath, and also how your kids will react. I’ve done it, and the kids realize that I’m upset and stop what they are doing to come see what’s wrong. If I had yelled or been frustrated with them, they probably wouldn’t have changed their behavior. They would be upset that I was upset with them. It gives you a chance to think about what’s upsetting you and communicate it to your children in a much calmer way.
This is just one of many scenarios Amy Phoenix lays out in her book, I’d highly recommend it! It can be purchased for $2.99 at Presence Parenting! I hope you enjoy!!
Until our next adventure,
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