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The New Directions For Life Podcast

Dec 12, 2019

In this episode, I offer some thoughts influenced by a question I recently received regarding how to hold space with children having big emotions such as anger. I wanted to use this question as an opportunity to go a little deeper, illuminating that working with just anger may not be sufficient. I discuss some common beliefs and approaches regarding how to best emotionally support children and prepare them for the adult world. I also share some of the alarming statistics that clearly demonstrate the grave consequences of not adequately meeting children’s emotional needs, and attempt to illustrate why it’s important to consider impact over intent, which does not always line up with regard to many common approaches to helping children become their best selves. Whether a parent, teacher, coach, or anyone else who works with children, I hope you find the conversation and the considerations important and helpful.

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Disclaimer: This podcast is intended to aid you in making the best determinations for yourself when it comes to your mental-health and general well-being. However, it is important to note that while I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addiction Counselor in the state of Colorado (USA), I am not recommending you follow any suggestion without the help of a qualified counselor or guide who knows your situation better than I do. Nothing discussed in these episodes constitutes “therapy,” and I am not acting as a “therapist” to anyone in this medium. These discussions are intended for an audience that has the outside therapeutic resources that may directly facilitate their own healing.