Navigating Emotions for Parents
Navigating Emotions for Parents is a great resource for parents. Written by mom of five, meditation facilitator and parent educator Amy Phoenix, Navigating Emotions for Parents points the way to helping ourselves and our children implement alternatives to harshness when we feel frustration, anger and even rage.
She teaches you several different alternatives for getting mad and yelling or worse. If you follow her examples you will slowly get control of your emotions and not get so mad that you are almost out of control. In the beginning you will learn to feel your emotions without reacting and saying things you will regret.
Amy breaks each sections into no more than 2 pages. This way you could read this at anytime and in short amounts.
She explains that you have always have 2 choices when you are getting upset. Blow up or reflex inside until you can then not overreact. She decribes real life situations where every parent has been.
Her website Presence Parenting give you a chance to get to know Amy and make comments.
This book talks about SAFE – A Tool to Feel Fully and Safely. Safe stands for S – Stop and Notice, A – Accept and Acknowledge, F – Feel Fully, and Exit if necessary.
Amy explains how you need to start from the opposite of what you do not want, then expand from there. For example; I don’t want to hate being a parent, transforms into I do want to appreciate being a parent, even when it is tough.
Each section starts out by explaining what you will learn. Then it goes to preparation, then she tells you about a familiar issue you have had, or something close to it. She then tells you how you would normally react. Then tells you to replace the normal reaction, that obviously does not work, with a new way to react. Explains what you are doing for each situation. She then tells you how you can not use her advice and what will happen. She ends with what this new action will help you with.
I think my favorite one was The Secret Camera. When you are done you will act the same in private and public and not have to say sorry for something you should not have done.
I think this book could help young parents. People that have a bad temper or yell all the time, should try some of her plans. You will learn how to defuse your situation before you yell or say something you regret.
Navigating Emotions for Parents is available on her website HERE.
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