Give Thanks, Hugs, and Feelings of Significance

Be A Champion Dad wishes you the best this Thanksgiving. This day is more than being indulgent and watching football (or gearing up for Black Friday).
Thanksgiving is when families and friends can unite and celebrate all of the blessings they have received throughout the year. It is a time for reflection and an opportunity to show appreciation for everyone in their lives (past and present).
Slow down today and embrace the moment. Give extra hugs and make others feel significant.
Below is a song that Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers) recited to the US Senate in 1969. His goal this day was to defend and support funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in response to the significant proposed cuts by President Nixon.
I have shared a lot about emotional regulation this year, and the song encapsulates the true spirit. Fred was a master in making children feeling valued and heard. He addressed real feelings and problems. He hit hard topics headfirst and normalized them—what a wonderful soul.

“What do you do with the mad that you feel? When you feel so mad you could bite. When the whole wide world seems oh so wrong, and nothing you do seems very right. What do you do? Do you punch a bag? Do you pound some clay or some dough? Do you round up friends for a game of tag or see how fast you go? It’s great to be able to stop when you’ve planned a thing that’s wrong. And be able to do something else instead, and think this song —

I can stop when I want to. Can stop when I wish. Can stop, stop, stop anytime….And what a good feeling to feel like this! And know that the feeling is really mine. Know that there’s something deep inside that helps us become what we can. For a girl can be someday a lady, and a boy can be someday a man.”

What would the world look like if every child was taught these skills? Imagine what a difference we would see if adults and children honored their feelings and chose their response to them….instead of getting consumed by them…..

….speaking of consuming….I smell a turkey that needs my attention!

Be well and eat extra pie!

-MJ

Photo by Suzy Brooks via Unsplash

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