It’s been all about feelings around here these days. Good feelings, difficult feelings, big feelings, little feelings. Maybe it’s because we’re spending so much more time indoors with each other now. I know I came back from my Non-Violent Communication/Interpersonal Neurobiology workshop last weekend pretty primed to pay attention to feelings. But whatever the cause, feelings are centre stage right now.
One interesting and fun thing I’ve been doing to help the girls communicate with me about how they’re feeling is to ask them what their feeling looks like. I first heard about this idea from Natalie’s blog Talk Feeleez. Sometimes we have pink squishy feelings that are marshmallow shaped and wear fluffy slippers. Other times there are blue bouncing ball shaped feelings, or soft, light blue, star shaped feelings who have a kitten for a pet. There’s a hard black ball feeling that comes out from time to time. I can tell when that one’s around because all the cushions get thrown off the couch and onto the floor. Our feelings have had happy faces, angry faces, have gone to various places on holiday or worn sandals. Claire in particular loves this game, and says, “Let’s play that telling about your feeling game, Mama!”
What does your feeling look like?