“Hope is necessary for striving in hard times.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita
We all have tough days. Those days when we feel like we woke up on the wrong side of the bed. The same thing happens to children too. They have tough, difficult or even outright bad days, just like adults. However, we as adults are at a distinct advantage when it comes to handling these days — we can communicate better, we know our triggers and emotions better, etc.
Like most things in life, children need to be taught how to deal with tough or difficult days because it is a life skill that will provide a lifelong advantage to them. In this article, we will cover how parents can help their children navigate a tough day.
A book written by an early childhood teacher, Clare Beswick, titled Tough Times, offers practical tips for parents to help their children deal with a difficult day. Though these tips are mostly for helping children let go of their emotions. We are positive that they will prove to be useful for navigating a tough day as well. They are as follows:
Parents need to reassure their children that having a tough day is perfectly normal and happens to all of us. You can give your child a tiny smiley sticker or a note that they can keep with them when they are experiencing a tough day. It can act as a reassuring reminder from the parents that the tough day will soon pass.
Do you think that these tips will work for your child? How do you typically help your child navigate a tough day? Let us know in the comments below.
Featherstone, S., Beswick, C. (2009). Tough Times. United Kingdom: A&C Black.
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