Recommended Reading: Tina Payne Bryson

August 15,2012

Tina Payne Bryson is a well-known parenting expert and co-author of the book, The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind. She maintains a blog at http://tinabryson.com/. Bryson’s writing is straightforward, approachable, and jargon-free. While Bryson mainly writes about children, I have found that many of her articles are also helpful for adults. Her posts about feelings are particularly relevant for adults who struggle with how to work with their own emotions. Children tend to have a much different relationship with their feelings than adults do; children generally allow themselves to express their emotions more freely, and can move more fluidly through different – sometimes even contradictory – emotions. But much like adults, kids can sometimes get overwhelmed by their feelings. I particularly like Bryson’s article about dealing with tantrums. While we may not like to refer to them as tantrums, many of us adults can recall at least a few memories where it felt like we lost complete control over our emotions and could not be soothed. Bryson details seven ways to deal with a tantrum in her article; I’ll list each of her suggestions, along with ways to tailor her advice to adults:

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