We have all had sadness in our life at some point. If it has been a traumatic event that ended with sadness sometimes that causes us to feel very uncomfortable when people around us become sad. It’s hard to watch our littles be sad -we want to fix it. We want their world to be ok.
What better time than when our Littles are the age they are right now to help them learn navigate sitting in sadness. It’s hard – I know. Even here sometimes I struggle with letting them be disappointed and wanting to fix “it” for them.
What happens is they grow into adults who don’t know how to sit with disappointment and want everything fixed. Life isn’t fair. It’s easier to teach a child who wants a toy someone else is playing with emotional regulation at 4 than it is to watch adult children suffer. That’s a whole new level of anxiety. ( Do I sound like I’m speaking from experience?)
So today I challenge you to welcome disappointment in your child’s like. Embrace it. Knowing as you go through that process with them you are creating stronger adults.
Here’s some cute snowmen the children finished today to lighten the mood.