Also Posted on my other site: Homeschooling the Minds of Tomorrow
This weekend, we rented the new Pixar movie, Inside Out. And while I enjoyed the movie just as another great flick by the studio, I couldn’t help but relate it to very real emotions in everyday life. I know that sometimes (especially in the postpartum days!) I feel like there are different emotions in my head all fighting for control. And some days, it seems as though Joy is lost (which is what happens in the movie). Another interesting thing I found was how the happy core memories can become sad memories, if we are missing them, such as the case with the main character, Riley. I have found this to be true many times in my life: Something that was happy at the time now makes me sad to remember because I miss the time or the person.
Today, I began looking on the internet to see if I was the only one who had this thought. It turns out, there is a website called the Helpful Counselor that discusses 20+ counseling themes found within the movie. The website’s list covers details under each category, and also offers additional resources for helping children sort through the complexity of their emotions. With babies, toddlers, in-betweens, a pre-teen and a teen, there are emotions all over the place at my house! I highly recommend the movie and the site.
Here is the list:
- Personal Growth
- Core Personality (and the experiences that create them)
- Value of All Feelings
- We Have Many Different Feelings
- Change in Interests
- Feeling Multiple Feelings at Once
- Communication Skills
- Coping Strategies
- Problem Solving
- Creating a New Normal
- Loss of Control
- Plans Don’t Always Work Out
- Keeping a Positive Attitude
- Finding an Appropriate Way to Let Out Big Feelings
- Never Give Up
- Train of Thought
- We Need the Support of Others to Achieve Our Goals.