Self care is massive with this generation of tech children
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.