1. Engage with Your Child
Building on a relationship that is based on unconditional love, trust and open communication is a proactive way to access for parents to assess their child’s wellbeing. However, some kids may not communicate feelings easily, or have a hard time with vulnerability or try to hold onto privacy.
In addition, it is tempting to think that the kids who quietly appear to have it all together may actually be struggling inside.
Change or stress can bring out challenges to mental health. COVID’s ripple effects is such an example.
No school. No playdates. No camps. No pool outings. The world as kids know it has been thoroughly upended and they are justifiably anxious, whether they show it or not. It’s up to the adults in the room to get them to open up about those feelings so that they can be addressed. Doing so takes finesse, curiosity, and a very light touch.
How do parents get their kids to open up? Here are a few ideas.
Interact through activities: puzzles, crafts, and games can be a nonthreatening venue that leads to conversations.
Watch movies or television shows together: ask questions regarding the feelings of characters. (ie: How would you feel if that happened?)
Ask open ended questions, like:
What do you miss most about your friends?
If you were the president, what would you say to our country to help people feel safe?
Have you enjoyed watching church online, or would you rather go to church?
Have you wondered why God would allow the Coronavirus to spread?
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