A single parent’s emotional health plays a vital role in creating the healthy home environment that nurtures children into healthy, productive, and successful adults.
First understanding, then managing one’s emotions and emotional health is the focus of this series. Managing Your Emotions is a 6- to 8–week workshop focused on providing single parents with the necessary tools to successfully manage the emotional test of raising children alone.
This course is appropriate for individuals who are court–mandated to participate in an anger management program.
It is a common misconception that positive emotional health means being happy all the time. However, to be human is to experience emotions of all kinds including sadness, anger, and fear, as well as happiness and love. Caring for emotional health does not mean getting rid of unpleasant emotions; rather, it means having the skills to effectively acknowledge, express, and deal with them in a constructive manner. It also means having positive self-esteem and a strong sense of value for oneself and for others.
The first step is to understand how one’s emotions affect how one thinks, acts, and parents. It is also vital to understand how a parent’s emotions affect their children’s behavior, mental, and emotional health.Failure to manage emotions appropriately can lead to disastrous results for families. Ignored emotions do not go away. Violence, physical, verbal, and emotional abuse can result from poorly–managed emotions allowed to spiral out of control.
In Managing Your Emotions, participants learn that they can indeed affect the way they feel. They also learn that to manage emotions is to “direct or control the use of,” not to stifle or ignore. To be aware of feelings is crucial to managing emotional health as well asoverall well-being.Knowing one’s emotions is key to knowing one’s self.
Finally, participants learn to identify emotions and underlying causal factors in order to develop positive coping strategies for managing emotions.These techniques aim to improve family stability and decrease incidences of violence and/or abuse.