Are you wondering how to help your child deal with worries? Parenting can be challenging. As much as we want to make life go smoothly for our kids, they are going to have situations where things don’t go as planned and they end up having big feelings about things happening in their lives. Depending on how your child expresses themselves, there might be different ways to approach these situations in a supportive way, especially if they don’t feel up to talking about it out loud.
Side by Side Activities
It can be really intimidating sometimes to “sit down for a chat.” That said, if a mom and a kid just happen to be sitting together doing a craft or baking some cookies, an incidental conversation about what is going on could happen without a lot of pressure being put on the situation.
Encourage your kids to write out their thoughts and feelings. Poetry is another great way to write out those feelings. There’s something cathartic about letting it out in print and this lets them look back later at how they were feeling and how they came back from that.
Art therapy can be very soothing. If your child isn’t comfortable writing, sometimes drawing pictures of what they are upset about can be helpful to help them get it out.
Dance It Out
Movement can be medicinal. Being active can help them work out their troubles and get the endorphins going so that they don’t seem so bad.
These clever little dolls are so handy. Your kid can write out what they are upset about and then zip it up inside their Worry Eater. The Worry Eaters carry your child’s worries so they don’t have to. Learn more here:
Here are some great shots of ours. How sweet and clever is this?
Your child just puts their worries inside the Worry Eater’s mouth like this:
Whatever you choose, we hope it all works out and that everyone starts feeling better really soon. Good luck! You’re doing fine!
Disclosure: A Worry Eater sample was provided for review, but all opinions are our own.