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Friday, October 03, 2014 10:19 PM | Deleted user

I am Kristen Herlihy, and I live in Woburn.  I am a clinical social worker providing therapy to children & families, plus the owner & instructor for Baby Boot Camp ® Woburn/Winchester and mom to my 3 year old, Connor, and newborn, Evelyn.  I look forward to sharing my ideas with you about how to balance the many demands that we as parents have in our lives.  Whether we are stay-at-home parents or full time employees outside of home, we want to do the best by our children, and that means taking care of ourselves as well.

With so many things going on in our lives, so many appointments, play dates, obligations, I feel the need to ask – when was the last time that you actually had a good laugh?  I mean it – rolling around, doubled over, giggling until your tummy hurts kind of laugh?  Think about it…has it been a few days?  More than a month?  You cannot even remember the last time that you had a little chuckle?

Now ask yourself this – when was the last time that you saw one of your children taking a one way trip down giggle street?  They are probably having a good laugh right now as you are reading this.  So what is it about the little ones that they can simply shake off an emotion and move on?  How is it that they have this amazing ability to just transform their feelings and be a convert to another emotion?

I must say that I am envious of this at times.  Our children have such a flexibility with their emotional states, that if something is bothering them at this exact moment in time, don’t fret – it will pass before you even try and process it with them.  This is a strength that children have in being able to recoup and rejoin the world of happy. 

With the number of stressors that we have in our lives, both created by us and for us, it is essential that we borrow some of this emotional flexibility from our children.  The sooner that we are able to return to a happier state, the better our bodies will feel, the calmer our minds will be, and the more in tune we will be with our children – which is where we all would rather be anyways.  So the next time you hear a little giggle coming from the other room, go ahead and join the fun.  

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