Family energy stops flowing when you withhold your inner life.
You might want to hide your endless worry from your overworked wife. You’re secretly fuming that your husband has left his underwear on the floor again. Or you hesitate to show your joy on a day that your partner is in pain.
When you withhold, you put your whole family on hold. Even if you don’t share what what’s going on inside of you, your energy is in the room.
It’s confusing, not least to your child. They sense these things like a scented breeze, a vibration, an unease. When you suppress your inner life, your body says one thing and you say another. A child can’t make sense of it. Or your partner.