Parenting - Emotions | 3-16 yrs

Helping Children Through Tough Times

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For a child, a difficult period could come when her parents get separated, the family moves house, she joins a new school, a sibling is born or because of serious illness or death of a parent or a close family member. This is the time she would need a great deal of support and understanding.

The first step is talking to your child, which may not be easy. According to an article titled How to talk children through the tough times published in www.herfamily.ie: “Talking to children about heavy issues like parental separation, death, bullying or sexual abuse can be extremely challenging.”

It helps if parents maintain an open, loving relationship with their child. Help your child recognize, express and control emotions from a young age and encourage her to embrace change, seeing the positives that might come from it. Children should be told to try not to blame others or themselves for whatever has happened.

Teach your child the importance of resilience. Baseball player Curt Schilling is quoted on www.azquotes.com as saying: “My father left me with a saying that I've carried my entire life and tried to pass on to our kids: 'Tough times don't last, tough people do'.”

Ensure that home is a safe and secure place for your child. At times of change or disruption, maintain routines as far as possible. Give lots of reassuring, positive comments and hugs! Finally, if you can’t cope on your own, seek professional help.

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