His emotions are an opportunity for intimacy because it is my chance to be there for him when he needs me most. I can be his pillar of strength when he does not have the strength to hold it together. When his emotions are raw, he is primed to hang on me and turn to me. When I start giving punishments, he lashes out at me. When I show tenderness to him even when he is out of control, the situation quickly de-escalates and he becomes grateful that I do not return his mood back on him with anger and punishments. He is grateful when I listen without judgement to his complaints and concerns. When he is calm, we can discuss what went wrong and how we both can do better in the future.
His emotions are an opportunity for teaching because I can show him that it is ok to have feelings; everyone has hard times. It is not ok to hurt others and when we do, like we all do sometimes, we can say sorry and try to fix it. He rarely tries to hurt me anymore. He loves to hear stories of what happened to me when I was a girl and especially about mistakes I made.
The most important thing I can teach him by being patient and tolerant is that he is a good kid. He is worthy of my efforts to support him and love him as he is right now, today. He feels secure as I have consciously tried to never withhold my love from him. I actively try to show him and teach him that I will always love him no matter what he does. I may not be happy with his actions, and things will not run as smoothly if he chooses to go his own way, but I will always love him. The immediate byproduct of my efforts to never withhold love is that he is trying even harder to please me and stay in our happy place. Our relationship is so much better!!
I wish you the best in your relationships! And I wish you a happy holiday weekend!!!! Happy Independence Day!!!