Help­ing chil­dren to cope with feel­ings

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

It’s nat­u­ral to want to keep your chil­dren safe — to pro­tect them with a layer of bub­ble wrap may ap­peal to some par­ents.

But you can’t shield them from ev­ery hurt and dis­ap­point­ment.

What you can do though, is help them learn to cope. They’ll be bet­ter off if you give them the skills to bounce back af­ter a chal­lenge and to deal with their emo­tions.

You can start by let­ting them know that feel­ing stressed, up­set or an­gry is healthy and nor­mal. Help them un­der­stand that feel­ings like this will pass.

Your child might be fac­ing some­thing that’s mak­ing them feel anx­ious, such as a sports day at school.

They might even try to avoid it. En­cour­age them to step up to the chal­lenge.

If they’ve got your sup­port, they are more likely to rise to the oc­ca­sion.

And if they do come home dis­ap­pointed, let them know that’s okay, too.

Your child will learn that dis­tress­ing events hap­pen and they can get over them.

Re­mem­ber that you are a role model for your kids. They’ll have hope if they see you talk­ing your prob­lems through


You can start by let­ting them that feel­ing stressed, up­set or an­gry is healthy and ’ nor­mal.

and mov­ing for­ward again. They’ll grow up know­ing that chal­lenges can be over­come and dis­ap­point­ment can be re­solved.

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