Attention Parents: Your Emotions Are Contagious

To stay healthy, people will do everything short of quarantining themselves to avoid getting coughed on, sneezed on, or breathed on by the sickly. As a parent, you’re probably well aware of how quickly contagious diseases like the flu can travel through a family—nay, a neighborhood. Teachers notice the same thing when they see student after student calling in sick until the class is but a mere figment of the imagination.

Research has also shown that in the workplace, one negative employee can spoil the bunch. A negative outlook on anything, whether it’s the administration, a client, or a department, can affect the morale of everyone around.

So what does this have to do with families? Believe it or not, the same research that shows how a negative attitude can “catch on” in families just as easily as it does in the office.

Tips for Parents

  • Let your child know if you are undergoing stress that has nothing to do with them. For example, if you have a headache when they come home from school, tell them about it. Warn them that you may be a bit grouchier than normal, but that it’s not their fault. This will minimize the contagiousness of your negative emotions.
  • Educate your family members about what to do when one is upset. “You can’t always change the person who is emoting,” says Corneau. “You need to teach others in your family to recognize that it’s not them, what people do and say isn’t their fault, even if they’re the receiver of all of it.”
  • Corneau emphasizes that some children are more sensitive than others. Zero in on a child who strongly picks up energies in the house, even if they are not directed at her. Help her learn to identify when people are in a bad mood, and try to support her through the bad days of other family members.
  • If one person’s mood seems to be contagious on a regular basis, support her and encourage her to get help. This might include seeing a therapist or trying to fix the issues that are causing the negative emotions (e.g., changing jobs, switching classes, finding new friends).

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– (Pittman, 1993)

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Where in the world is… San Pedro

San Pedro Beach in Ambergris Caye, Belize. Pho...

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In the last post you found out where Belize is, today we will venture to the town of San Pedro (La isla bonita) on Ambergris Caye. A diamond in the midst of a gold mine, San Pedro has a much to offer from next to none scuba diving and fishing to chilling on clean sandy beaches and having a cold Belikin.

Today you will learn how to find San Pedro, Ambergris Caye – Belize.

Get ready to travel…

Pull out your globes and look for the coordinates 17°55′17″N 87°57′40″W, you will find the town of San Pedro on beautiful Ambergris Caye; 25 miles away from Belize City, Ambergris Caye is the largest and most northern island in Belize. During the Mayan period, Ambergris Caye was a trading post. Ruins have been excavated throughout the island, including the Marco Gonzales site, the Basil Jones site, and in San Pedro town. Traveling by golf-cart, bicycle or by foot, San Pedro is one of the most awesome places in Belize. Starting off as a fishing town it is now a major tourist spot for diving and fishing.

The island’s history include the Maya, European Pirates, and Mexican Refugees who fled during the Caste War. San Pedro was granted the status of a town in 1848. Its inhabitants are known as San Pedranos. English is the main language spoken, however many people speak Spanish. Today Ambergris Caye is a world class destination for Diving & Snorkeling. Ambergris Caye also offers a variety of Water Sports including Sailing, Fishing, windsurfing, para-sailing, kite surfing, canoeing, kayaking and even glass bottom boat tours.

Getting to San Pedro is easy and quick, you can get on a 20 minute flight from Belize City via local Tropic Air or Maya airlines or by hoping on one of the local water taxis. There is one main street named Barrier Reef Drive/Pescador Drive.

The main means of transportation are golf carts however bicycles, scooters, and some cars and vans are also available. The streets are sandy and unpaved so be sure to leave your fancy clothes and high heel shoes at home. There are no traffic lights, no freeways or highways, and no high-rise buildings. The atmosphere on San Pedro is very casual. The dress of the day is usually shorts and sandals (if you can’t handle being barefoot).
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