Younger children experience intense stress when they are the target of a parent’s anger. How do you help your child feel safe when their other parent is angry?
Do you have a child that gets anxious or becomes dysregulated and needs help calming down? This is an activity that we use with our clients that can help children with self-regulation when anxious or upset.
When I was pregnant, I focused a lot of my attention on pregnancy facts and resources, but I now realize that all the facts in the world don’t prepare you for the actual experience of bringing a baby home.
It may be tough for your child to talk about scary events and circumstances that happen in the world, but encourage your child to reach out to individuals that they trust and love, especially you, when they feel upset or fearful. This helps your child release feelings before they expand out of proportion. It also helps to clear any misconceptions your child may have before it becomes full-blown fear.
No matter how hard we try to reduce the stress in our kid’s environment, it will still be a part of their lives but you can help your child develop problem-solving skills and equip them with ways that help them cope and move forward.
Being bored can help children become imaginative and self-reliant. So this summer, let go of your scheduled activities and just let your kids be bored.