About feelings, about what they look and feel like, about what they make us think and do and why. To listen to them, cherish them, and celebrate them. To calibrate the intensity of feelings and to modulate them—bring them down when they are too strong and up with they are too quiet. To express feelings through in ways they can be heard. To explore our “Self states” ways we can honor all of our many parts.
The connection you have with your child is the fundamental building block of the work and therefore this is a critical component of Feelings School. For 15 minutes at the end of each session, you come together with your child to connect around the theme of the day. Together, you set an intention to practice the skills learned and to continue to explore the world of feelings at home during the week.
In the week between sessions, you will practice new skills and explore the following: contributing factors to your child’s current state, your relationship with your child, the dynamic in your home, new ways of helping yourself and your child find calm amidst big feelings, new language to use to talk about and with your child.
Your child will attain a sense of mastery and pride in understanding feelings and how to manage them. As a parent, you will create a “family manifesto” about your hopes for your child, how you want to raise him and the parent you want to be. This will hopefully guide you through the ups and downs of childhood into the teenage years and beyond.