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What to do When You Have Negative Feelings Toward Your Emerging Adult

Feelings like frustration, resentment, and disappointment, and yes even hatred toward your emerging adult are to be expected and a natural occurrence during parenthood. Unfortunately, this is an issue that is under addressed in parenting advice or discussions and precisely why parents are reluctant to express such negative feelings out loud.

So, what can you do about these feelings? First, you must admit to yourself that you have negative feelings toward your emerging adult.

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At precisely 2:30 p.m. on Sunday May 19th, I took my seat along side my family at The Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri and eagerly waited for the graduation ceremony to begin.  As the college graduates began to fill the arena, one by one, I caught a glimpse of my son in his cap and gown and my heart swelled with pride and joy.  But when the moment came for him to march across the stage and receive his diploma, pride and joy took a back seat; almost instantly I exhaled a sigh of relief.

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Beauty: An Essential Ingredient for Well-being

Be Strong Families staff has been on a 6-month long self-care journey sharing our reflections, and commitments related to improving our personal vitality. Our Journey to Vitality work-site wellness program, which addresses 7 domains of vitality (Physical, Spiritual, Environmental, Financial, Emotional/Mental and Social), has been a great way to get to know and support one another and to practice a wide-range of self-care habits to boost our overall well-being.

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Safety and Belonging: The Foundation for Healing in Parent Cafés

Human transformation can begin with the simple and powerful act of creating space to listen to a person’s unique and special story of their journey. I recently had the honor of facilitating one of several Parent Cafés with the theme “Trusting Relationships”. We began our Café by grounding, feeling the pressure of where we were all sitting. We felt gravity and a connection to the earth and to the room we were in. I expressed that we are all right here and safe. If parents had trouble closing their eyes, I asked them to see what was in the room or outside the window, the way the shadows hit the walls and floor or the colors of the grains of the wood floor.

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