Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The "Ins and Outs" Of Your Teen's Brain

Pixar's Inside Out is my new favorite movie. I was completely caught off guard by the intense emotions it brought up for me, and for everyone in the audience of mostly adults. Rarely I have seen so many grown men cry. There was a high sniffle factor, but in the most beautiful way. I think for parents watching this film, it gave so much insight about how our kids think and feel, and how our expectations of our kids play out in their emotional life.

Most parents hate to see their kids in emotional pain, and we do everything we can to cheer them up when they feel down, thinking that is the best thing we can do for them. But when we do that, we take away the opportunity for our kids to work through these uncomfortable feelings. When feelings are not acknowledged and experienced then they just get stuffed and often turn into anger and attitude. Nobody likes a moody teenager!

See this movie with or without your kids. Bring plenty of tissues, and let your own feelings wash over you.

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