How to Support Your Child’s Difficult Emotions

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No matter how much we’d like to be able to keep our children happy all the time, they will have hard times in their lives. Children are fairly resilient and, often, can work through problems and sometimes even come out stronger. However, they need their parents to support them during this time. This article will give you some tips on how to support your child’s difficult emotions. How to help your children most when they’re struggling with a tricky situation or negative emotions.

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Regular Communication

The best way to support your child is to be there for them no matter what. However, your child isn’t going to be able to lean on you in this way if they aren’t used to it. 

A parent needs to be approachable if they want their child to open up to them. This means that opening up should come naturally to your children. This isn’t something that just happens without any effort on your part.

Communication should be normal. Talk to your child often, it doesn’t always have to be about a serious subject. Ask them about their day and actually listen to what they have to say. Tell them things about yourself. Find natural, fun opportunities to spend time with your kids.

This way, when they need to talk to you about something that matters to them, like stressing about exams, it won’t be unnatural or uncomfortable.

Prepare Them For Hard Times

One of the hardest things about being a kid is that you don’t have a lot of control over your own life. This is made more difficult when parents don’t talk about any upcoming events or changes that their children will have to live with.

The trick here is balance.

You don’t want to worry your children unnecessarily, especially when they’re young. Your kids don’t need to know every little detail about family finances or every argument their parents have. But they should be given time to process large life events.

For example, divorce is something that impacts the whole family. Even if it comes as a surprise to the parents, your children should be warned about potential changes as soon as family lawyers are involved. 

These preparations should be age-appropriate as well as balanced. A 4-year-old doesn’t understand what divorce is, but a 14-year-old does. So the way you explain things will be different.

Get Help When Needed

In some situations, it’s beneficial to give your child extra support in the form of therapy. Some parents are reluctant to take this step, even if their children are struggling due to grief, illness, bullying, family divorce, or other issues.

However, having a child in therapy is by no means a sign that you’ve failed as a parent. It’s rather a sign that you are doing everything you can to help your child and equip them for life’s challenges.

Some parents choose to encourage therapy even if their children are coping well, just so they have that extra support. But it’s never a bad thing to recognise these extra needs and do what you can to meet them.

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