It’s easy to see that life is more difficult for kids today than it was when we were small. They have more tests and exams, and lots more distractions! I think there are far more rules and etiquettes in place now than when we were young as well. It’s a lot for a child to take on. As parents, we need to be nurturing and supportive, but it seems there is far more expectation too. No wonder our kids get wound up and stressed.
There are a few clever tips I’ve picked up along the way to help the kids keep their cool in difficult situations. Preparation helps children cope with the big events in life. Exams are cropping up a lot right now. But the children that have spent the time revising seem to cope better with the tests they’re given. You can also help them prepare for exam conditions. After all, children aren’t built for sitting still and focusing on one thing for long periods of time. Practicing this kind of situation at home can be hugely beneficial.
Some children struggle in strange places. Doctors offices and the dentist can cause a lot of apprehension and anxiety. It’s a good idea to take your children with you to your own appointments from a small age. That way, when it’s their turn, they’ll find the surroundings more familiar. They’ll know the etiquette. Can you imagine how much more worrying it can be for your child when they need an emergency dentist if they’ve rarely been to an appointment before? You can use an online website to find the best dentist for your situation. One that regularly works with nervous children is usually best.
The new school year is just around the corner. For many kids, this means leaving old friends behind and trying to make new ones. This isn’t easy for every child, but parents can help. Encourage your kids to join extra curricular groups and classes. It will offer them plenty of experience in meeting new people for different things. Keep up your own social life too. The more your children see how you react in different social situations, the easy it will be for them to adopt those strategies.
Sometimes kids get mad. They lash out, make a lot of noise, or run off somewhere to sulk. This is often caused by anxiety or frustration. Whatever has made their blood boil, it’s their reaction that you want to tame. Giving them coping mechanisms to deal with the rush of overwhelming emotions is really helpful. Counting to ten, deep breaths, closing their eyes, and other techniques can all be mastered with practice. It could help prevent spats, arguments, and fights in school too.
Another way for children to become more relaxed is blowing off steam. A good run around outside will get all that tension and anxious energy out of them. The extra oxygen will help them focus their mind and regain some clarity of thought. Kids aren’t always good candidates for meditation, but it won’t hurt to encourage them to find their own calming thoughts. And a good hug from Mom often works a treat too!