is important for a child to learn to express their thoughts and feelings, as
this promotes their emotional health and paves the way towards emotional literacy
and well-being as they mature.
The following two activities designed by one of our school workers will help you to have these
conversations with your child whilst enjoying each other’s company and having
fun. Download the Dice Game and Lego Challenge here and have a go with your child.
You could also try working through the Time Capsule resource which has been made available for families to do together and allows your child to record their feelings and the things they are doing during the lockdown period.
How can I support my teenager?
Older children may have already read or seen a lot of information on social media or on-line and as a result, may be feeling overwhelmed.
It’s helpful to encourage them to acknowledge that they are finding things difficult and to reassure them that you understand how they are feeling.
Our young people need to realise that this is an exceptional time and that they should not judge themselves for any negative thoughts and feelings they may be experiencing.
Feeling connected is so important for young people and allows them to feel that they belong. Physical distancing and lockdown mean this need to ‘belong’ is not being met and can lead to feelings of doubt about ourselves and our relationships: we can tell them that it’s okay to feel this way and that these feelings will pass.
During times of stress, we tend to revert to coping mechanisms which may not be particularly healthy or useful: that is normal.
However, we can remind our young people that it’s good to be brave and acknowledge to others that we are feeling sad, alone, isolated or anxious. By putting into words how we are feeling, we allow ourselves to connect.
Having structure and familiar patterns in our life allow us to feel safe and know that our needs are being met. Without structure, we can feel lost and as a result, down or depressed. Young people need to be reassured that this is a moment in time which will pass and that they will be more resilient and better able to cope as a result.