Self care is mas­sive with this gen­er­a­tion of tech chil­dren

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LEARN­ING to care for your­self is the best les­son kids can get, par­ent­ing au­thor Michelle Mitchell says. With their al­most con­stant at­tach­ment to so­cial me­dia, she says teach­ing ado­les­cents and teenagers ways to take a mo­ment away from tech­nol­ogy may seem overly sim­plis­tic but is cru­cial in help­ing them from slid­ing into neg­a­tive be­hav­iour.

“Self care is mas­sive with this gen­er­a­tion of kids and how they think and feel about them­selves,” Mitchell says. “By hav­ing some self care strate­gies on hand, a child can learn to have greater re­silience from nasty com­ments or when they en­counter neg­a­tive feel­ings.” Mitchell says there are five main cat­e­gories for self care and she en­cour­ages par­ents to help chil­dren com­pile a list of 10 ac­tiv­i­ties they can do when they feel the need to have some screen-free time and stick it on the fridge.

1) Cre­ative strate­gies: in­clude story writ­ing and jour­nal­ing; paint­ing and draw­ing; com­pos­ing mu­sic or play­ing an in­stru­ment; learn­ing a new skill like cook­ing; putting on makeup or styling your hair.

2) Sooth­ing strate­gies: in­clude tak­ing a warm bath or shower, drink­ing hot milk; get­ting a mas­sage; cud­dling a teddy or blan­ket; light­ing a scented can­dle.

3) Or­gan­is­ing strate­gies: in­clude sort­ing a wardrobe; clean­ing bed­room; build­ing some­thing; fin­ish­ing home­work or as­sign­ments.

4) So­cial strate­gies: in­clude phon­ing a friend; be­ing with a friend; help­ing some­one in need; go­ing to a pub­lic place; play­ing with a pet.

5) Phys­i­cal strate­gies: in­clude rid­ing a bike, swimming or go­ing for a walk or run; danc­ing; mak­ing a loud noise; punch­ing some­thing; eat­ing some­thing with a strong taste.

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