Kids are like sponges when it comes to the feelings and emotions of others, but they aren’t always able to detach from those feelings before they have to go to school or come home for the day. And when your child is struggling with something, they might not want their struggle publicized to their classmates or the rest of the family. So what do you do? We’ve got a few ideas on how you can give your kids a little extra support and TLC without making them feel called out.
Communication is key. If your child can read, leave them a note in their lunch or on their desk to let them know that you’re thinking of them and available to talk to if they want to talk to someone. For non-readers, you can draw a heart or something they like to let them know that you’re thinking about them.
Set up a Cozy Spot. A Cozy Spot is an awesome resource that can be used no matter where you are. It’s a space that your kids can go to and work through their big feelings themselves while staying safe. Check out this article to learn more about getting started with a Cozy Spot of your own!
Add a few of their favorite things. Parents, tell your child that their favorite lunch is packed or you have time to play their favorite game. Educators, make time during the day to enjoy your student’s favorite activity or free choice time. It truly is the little things that make the day better, no matter your age.
Share some positivity. When you’re eating a meal together or have a spare moment in class, take turns sharing one good thing that happened today and reflect on that good moment. Being mindful of the good things that happen during the day can help your kids open up and look for the positives in their day-to-day life. Another fun way to share positivity is by saying positive affirmations together. Take a look at our free Positivity Posters for affirmation inspiration.
Make time for mindfulness. Doing activities that encourage mindfulness is something that can benefit the entire class or family. Practicing mindfulness is an effective way to cope with stress and feelings of anxiety, as it helps you to focus on the present moment. Practicing mindfulness also assists you in releasing any tension within the body. These are some of the fit team’s favorite mindfulness resources:
- Relax with Dakota: A Mindful Meditation for Kids
- Mindful Moments Cards
- Animal Breathing Techniques Video
Give them some space. Whether they go to a Cozy Spot, go for a walk, or just want to be quiet, sometimes kids just need a few extra minutes to feel their feelings out. It’s absolutely okay and very normal to do. Set a timer for them, let them be for a while, and then check on them when the timer goes off. Giving them the opportunity to navigate their emotions by themselves helps them develop independence and trust in themselves. If your child wants to be alone but isn’t ready to be by themselves, there are things you can do to accommodate that too! Sit with them and experience the quiet together or leave the door open but sit on the other side of it to allow your child the full space they need.
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