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Gaslighting What Is It? You might have heard of gaslighting, but what does it mean? Gaslighting is a form of manipulation. It is a stealthy way of abusing a person. Gaslighting is where the a person denies or misleads the other person’s experience. This can cause the person to question their own reality. Gaslighting often […]


Loneliness What Is It? Loneliness or feeling left out is being alone when we do not want to be alone. This can happen even in a group of people. Loneliness can feel like we are alone and have no one to talk to or hang out with. Sometimes, we want to be alone. Loneliness is […]


Fear What Is It? Feeling scared is a natural reaction to something that seems dangerous or unsafe. We are typically scared of things that make us feel unsafe or unsure. Fear can be a good thing. It can operate as a warning sign to help us avoid danger.   Fear, like any emotion, can be […]


Disappointment What Is It? Disappointment is an emotion that can happen when something does not turn out how expected or when expectations are not met. Feeling disappointed is a part of coping with the challenges of life. We cannot always be first, win, or get what we want, and children/youth need to build skills to […]

Feelings of Inadequacy

Feelings of Inadequacy Feeling not good enough What Is It? Feelings of inadequacy (feeling not good enough) are emotions that can show up as your child not feeling good enough, not believing in themself, or not having confidence. It can feel like being unworthy. Feeling not good enough can happen to any of us. Like […]


Emotions Whether emotions are comfortable or uncomfortable, they are a part of life. No matter what emotion a person is feeling, their feelings are valid. It is about learning how to express them in healthy ways. Talking About Emotions With Your Child/Youth Having open conversations about emotions will let your child know that it is […]


Anger What Is It? Anger is a natural emotion that is commonly misunderstood. It is sometimes thought of as a negative emotion. Anger, like any emotion, is valid and worth feeling. It can actually be beneficial at times. It can propel you to think of solutions to your problems or make changes. Anger is problematic […]


Grief Grief What Is It? Grief is a strong emotion that is a natural reaction to loss (Mayo Clinic, 2016). Loss is not just from someone passing away. There are many different types of losses a person will cope with within their life, such as loss of relationship (breakup from an intimate partner or friend […]


sadness What Is It? Sadness is a normal feeling we all have. It is emotional pain. It is a natural reaction to difficult situations. Sadness can be from many things. It could be from losing something/someone, hurt feelings, or being left out. Sadness can also be from something going wrong. It could also be when […]

Healthy Relationships

Healthy Relationships Modeling Qualities of Healthy Relationships Respect is thinking or treating someone with consideration, to appreciate them, and honour someone’s opinions and feelings. Kindness is treating others the way you want to be treated, the golden rule. It is being friendly, caring, and helpful. Trust is being honest, matching our words and feelings with […]