How can you accept your feelings and still make intentional choices when you’re in an unpleasant situation?
Our prompt comes from a listener:
Help me not hate my puppy.
My teenage son called me in a panic recently because our puppy had bitten him on the finger. It turned out that it was a bit of an overreaction, as it was a scratch (the puppy is only four pounds). But I still find myself really disliking the dog. I know he’s a dog and a puppy. But in addition to biting my son, he also barks, which jars my nerves.
I don’t like that I have all of these negative feelings about a baby animal who really can’t help these behaviors. But here we are.
Anxious in Puppyland
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