It doesn't matter how old you are hugs always feel great. Hugs for kids, hugs for adults, hugs for pets, they are all good and the importance underestimated. We have welcomed a new member to the family this month… no, I haven’t had another baby – 4 is definitely enough! We got a puppy… “What were you thinking?” were the words of my older children. He is adorable and I love him but I had forgotten how exhausting it is getting woken through the … [Read more...] about Hugs for kids – Do your kids need a hug?
How many times are our experiences completely different to the person right next to us. You are sure your version is right and they swear they saw it their way. You only need look at witness reports to see that we all experience the world differently; sometimes there can be several versions of the same event. The reason we have different experiences is because we filter information. While our unconscious mind takes in everything, what we are … [Read more...] about Are your experiences different to the person next to you?
Are there emotions hiding inside you that you pretend are not there like the "elephant in the room" or issue no one pays attention to? I recently saw a cartoon that showed an elephant sitting on a psychiatrist’s couch. The caption read “I’m right in the room and no one even acknowledges me!” Cute – but this made me think that this is a great metaphor for what many of us deal with every day. The metaphor is simply that it describes a situation … [Read more...] about Are you hiding your emotions, even from yourself?
Have you explained to your child that you are always talking to yourself and so are they? My son, Toby, is in kindergarten. In his classroom there is a Happy Cloud and a Sad Cloud on the wall. When a child is good, their name goes in the Happy Cloud. If they do something wrong, their name is moved to the Sad Cloud.I recently asked Toby “Have you ever been in the Sad Cloud?” He looked at me with big, sad eyes and nodded yes. “What for?” I … [Read more...] about Talking to yourself, Are you in the “Sad Cloud?”