What do you do as a parent when your kids stop coloring?
After a long day, the kids were tired, I was tired, and I just needed something for us all to do that was restful and calming.
“Why don’t we all color?” I suggested.
What do you think of mine?
What happens when they get a little older, they have friends issues or boy problems or are struggling with their own insecurities and their anxiety is off the charts?
I am pretty sure that I didn’t want to color in middle school or high school.
It may have helped though.
Going through divorce for the kids, especially our oldest, has been really hard at times. We have them in play therapy to help them process and communicate their feelings. I am excited about helping them to regulate their feelings on their own. I hope to give them some tools to calm down when they get upset or overwhelmed. That they would turn to breathing or reading or another soothing activity instead of lashing out at a sibling in anger.
I would say I am very creative person with my free time. I enjoy writing (obviously) and creating artwork and other types of artistic outlets to reduce stress. It was a major help for me during tough years in my marriage, stressful times at work, and even after new babies brought new challenges.
I hope to pass on to my kids some of those healthy habits of self-regulating in trying times and continue to grow personally with these strategies as I recognize triggers and deal with life’s ups and downs.
What ways do you de-stress or regulate your emotions? Share below in the comments.