One of the greatest gifts that we can give our children is to teach them to pay attention to how they feel physically, emotionally and energetically. Asking your child questions can help clarify where there might be a lack of balance:
- Do I feel sick, hungry, sleepy?
- Am I sad, angry, afraid, overwhelmed, happy?
- Is my energy low? Am I tired deep down inside, struggling to pull up my energy to participate in the things I enjoy?
Sometimes we neglect to ask the question because we really don’t want to hear the answer. As adults, we’ve learned to push through physical illness. We minimize or ignore what we are feeling emotionally because, “No one likes a complainer.” We don’t pay much attention to what we feel energetically and drink coffee or energy drinks to give us a boost, alcohol to unwind and relax. So maybe we need to ask ourselves the questions first, embark on our own journey of self-discovery. Then, with confidence and understanding, we can guide our children.