Young people face many challenges while growing up, so it’s natural to sometimes feel anxious. You can help by letting your child know it’s OK to express how they feel.
Older children and teens won’t always feel like talking. This doesn’t mean there’s a problem. Respect their space and just let them know you’re there if they need you.
Try to get into the habit of chatting about how things are going. Ask your child how they’re feeling, and let them share whatever they want. The more you do this, the more your child will feel comfortable talking when they’re upset.
Show your child it’s OK to talk about feelings. It can help to model this by describing your emotions as well.
Try talking about ways of releasing positive and upsetting emotions. For instance, jumping about when you’re excited, or listening to music when you’re worried.
You can find lots of activities here, that help children feel calmer and more in control. Practice these together, and remind your child to use them when they’re upset.
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