Young people face many challenges while growing up, so it’s natural to sometimes feel anxious. There can be lots of causes for these feelings. You can help by letting your child know it’s OK to talk about their mental health.
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.
See our suggestions for activities to help children feel calmer and more in control. Try these together, and remind your child to use them when they’re upset.
Want more support? For advice on your specific issue, speak to one of our parenting coaches.
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