Just like adults, kids experience many different emotions- yes even the BIG ones! No one is born knowing how to manage these feelings, so how can we support kids during these tough times? Practice a coping strategy! But what does that mean? According to Carrie Kindopp, CCLS and Manager of the Child Life Program at Sanford Children’s Hospital, “Coping strategies are individual ways kids can adjust and ‘deal with’ any stressful or overwhelming situation.”

If you’re unsure where to start, the fit team is here to help! We’ve taken the guesswork out of coping and created a list of our favorite follow-along coping strategy videos. And the best part, they’re not only helpful, they’re also fun! Kids can sit back, follow-along, and enjoy as they discover a sense of calm.

child using a glitter jar- sanford fit

child sitting on yoga mat deep breathing- sanford fitchild listening to music- sanford fit

It’s never too early or late to start teaching and practicing coping strategies with kids! After all, understanding and managing emotions is a skill that will last a lifetime!

Want to learn more about how you can support your child through their big feelings? Check these out!
Teaching Coping Strategies to Kids and Teens
Coping Strategies for Toddlers to Help with Feelings and Emotions
My Keep Cool Cards: Printable Coping Strategy Cards for Kids