How to help kids cope with disappointment and stay positive
CORONAVIRUS has come with changes kids have not experienced. The lockdown may worry them since they may not grasp the seriousness of the situation. Holidays and engagements have been cancelled. This is bound to be disappointing for little ones. Here we discuss how to help kids cope with disappointment and other behavioural problems.
1. Acknowledge and share the disappointment together.
Allow your child to feel and express their emotion. Assure them that this is normal and you share the feeling.
2. Help them plan strategies to move on.
After your child unburdens themselves, help them take it forward. Ask the advantages of being at home. Encourage them to find activities they want to do in a stay-at-home holiday.
3. Help the very young to stop tantrums and calm.
Tantrums occur when your child is feeling emotionally disturbed but is not able to express it. Practise prevention or distract them before things go out of hand. Stay calm and try to use humour to dissipate the tension.
4. Strategise a new normal for these times with them.
Inspire them to chalk out a new stay-in routine. Sit down and plan the new structure together. Ask for their suggestions. Encourage them to plan for all the schoolwork, chores and activities.
5. Plan varied activities to keep them engaged.
Make chores a family time. Distribute chores to suit each child. Trust them with the work and let them be responsible for it.
TIME FOR SUPPORT: Tantrums occur when your child is feeling emotionally disturbed but is not able to express it in other ways.