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It was a pleasure to head over to Mariel‘s home in Malibu to get a glimpse at how she lives. I cuddled with her white cat and pet her two doggies as the camera crew set up. I couldn’t wait to show her my new Sony Cyber-shot, as she is a healthy life style advocate and I knew she needed a camera to showcase her craft.
She says, “Creating a healthier body and mind allows us to do more and live a longer, more vibrant and meaningful life. It is my belief that the choices we make, the information we seek, and the food we eat are integral to our well-being.”
Mariel has written books about life, yoga, nutrition and well-being including a cookbook. She has created a company called Mariel’s Kitchen in order to share her passion for living a healthy, happy life. Through making positive, intentional choices about food, movement, home, and silence, she has found her center and balance.
Being an emotion coach for your child will help him learn to recognize, express and regulate his emotions. You’ll be helping his with language development as well. Just think, fewer tantrums because your child will have the words to express his feelings rather than having to act on them.
Emotion coaching promotes the deep connection between you and your child, strengthening your relationship and regular communication. With your guidance, they’ll learn valuable social skills and how to attend to the emotional cues of others. He’ll learn to make new friends and will play well with others.
Emotion coaching helps your child build a “coat of armor” that protects him in times of adversity – he’ll also recover more quickly from negative feelings and experiences. Emotion coaching helps your child learn patience, increases his ability to delay gratification and better manage impulsive behaviors. Children who receive emotion coaching have better concentration at school and master learning tasks easier.
Through emotion coaching your child learns the value of connection, respect and communication in relationships. So as an adult he’ll be able to understand and support the emotions of others. With emotion coaching you help your child become a compassionate parent when his time comes.
Despite good intentions, today’s parents still rely on what is familiar and comfortable, which means they engage in some of the outdated parenting techniques used by their parents or in some cases in opposition to their parents.
As an emotion coach, you come from a place of empathy. Your first thought is always, “What is my child feeling?” before jumping in and discounting or minimizing whatever just happened or was said. When your child is in distress, the first step is to just go over, check in and assess.
If parents teach their young children how to process uncomfortable feelings such as hurt, shame, guilt or anger, they’ll learn to process them appropriately and carry that skill with them into their adult relationships and into the work place.
We all have room for improvement as parents. I encourage you to watch my Go-To Mom show and try to become more of an emotion coach. Remember to give yourself a break because parenting isn’t easy. If you have difficulty addressing your own emotions, make it a priority to change that – I’m living proof that one can change their negative experience with their emotions. I have faith you too can grow and learn with your child the way I do with mine.
I am a passionate believer in emotion coaching, because it ensures a successful outcome: cooperative, self-reliant and responsible children. And isn’t that every parent’s goal?
For more great parenting tips, check out Kimberley’s book, www.TheGoToMomsGuide.com.