Our Kids: Emotions

Cheyenne, Wyo. (KGWN) The following advice is courtesy Dick Berry of Youth Alternatives.

Emotions can be a wonderful part of life. We love it when we
are happy and in love. We don't like it so much when we are sad or
embarrassed. Emotions are what bring great joy in our lives: the Ta-Da of achievement, and the warmth of being special and loved. Emotions are tricky. Some of them we don't like. Sometimes the ones we don't like are the most important ones to pay attention to.

1. Don't try to kill them or avoid them.
A. They won't be bullied, smoked away or drowned with alcohol
B. They are extremely strong and resilient ...They won't go away

2. Accept them and be clear on what they are:
A. Mad is different than sad
B. Treating them for what they are allows you to move ahead
C. They give you important information, so don't miss it

3. Own them: they are yours. People don't give them to you.
A. It is important to own them so you can do something about them
B. Use them to talk about yourself. No one can tell you how you feel.
You are the expert on you and how you feel.

4. Be in charge of them

A. They are not to run or ruin your life
B. Take the information they provide and use them positively to develop
a plan of action.
C. Knowing you are mad about something tells you something needs to
change. Figure out what that is and work toward those changes.

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