Temporary Emotions

You know that feeling you get when the kids have been bickering for what feels like hours but probably only amounts to 15 minutes?  The racing heartbeat, the clenched fists, and the headache slowly forming?

It’s temporary.

You know that mama bear instinct that kicks in when you witness a child being unfriendly to yours at the park?  When you just want to approach that other child’s mother and confront her.  Teach your child to be nice…you want to yell.

Also temporary.

You know that exhaustion you experience when the kids have been sick for days, make that weeks, and your husband is working around the clock and you just can’t get any relief?  I give up, you think.  How much longer can this go on?

You guessed it.  Temporary.

Despite the fact that it sometimes feels otherwise, emotions are actually a temporary state of mind.  Emotions are simply spontaneous reactions to stimuli that include physiological changes. 

Emotions feel very big at the time, but they are, in fact, temporary.

This is an important distinction to be made when it comes to parenting…

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Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes for PBS Parents, Washington Post Parents, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World" (Tarcher/Penguin, 2015) and the forthcoming "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls" (Penguin Random House, 2018)