Set the example, your children are watching you. Even if you think they are not listening or paying attention, they are. Do not be so naive to think that they do not know what is going on. Your children want you to be happy. Are you faking it to make it or hiding behind the truth? Guess what, your child knows. They may not know exact details or even what is wrong, but they do know that something is wrong. Have your children started to act out “out of the blue.” If you have noticed this happening it may be because they feel your stress. They see their mother or father stressed and it stresses them. The main difference in adult stress and a child’s stress is that they do not know how to express themselves. They do not know how to explain that they are sad or frustrated and do not know why, they are being honest when they say they do not know.
Have you been misinterpreting your feelings and thoughts to try to hold a relationship together for the children? The environment that they are in may be just as overwhelming and stressful to them as it is to you. Would it be okay with you for your children to be in a relationship like yours when they grow up? If the answer is no, then this is your opportunity to make it better not only for you, but for them.
Choose to be emotionally healthy this year.
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