When Joe contacted me, he was feeling tender about the job he was doing as a parent.
It’s clear that Joe’s 5-year-old twins are a wonderful part of his life, and he loves them very much.
What wasn’t clear was why he felt guilty all the time.
See, Joe grew up in a highly passionate family and he noticed his parenting tendency to blow up the room -- either with high, excited energy or with his temper. He thought he was supposed to be aggressive but started questioning himself after noticing he needed to apologize to his kids for his behavior, a lot.
He wondered if modern fatherhood was less about stereotypical masculinity and more about creating a calm and safe environment.
Joe and I recently had a conversation about his journey away from loud parenting tactics to an approach where he slows down, sits next to his kids when they're upset, and allows a meaningful connection to unfold.
And what did Joe’s intentional slowing down tumble him into?
The reward of deep, meaningful connection – with his kids, his wife, his work clients and his friends!
If you are a high energy (or high temper) parent who wants to feel closer to your family, less worn down, and more confident in your positive impact, I encourage you to listen to Joe’s story.
(Feel free to share with another highly passionate parent you know!)
P.S. YOU can make it better with your kid. Be on the lookout for an invitation to my upcoming online gathering for parents of emotionally intense kids.
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