Sarah’s “pet” sock makes a cameo for the photos.
Childhood is tough. You can have the happiest child in the world and they will still encounter various issues early on while in school. Dealing with these issues are lessons we all have to learn and it takes time. So how do you calm a child who is upset, hurting and needs reassurance now?
As a parent, I often feel helpless when my children are hurting to the point where I am unable to comfort them. Last year my son was relentlessly bullied by a group of children, constantly being physically attacked and called racial slurs. He was hurting and upset (so were we). While we dealt with the issues behind the scenes, we needed to make him feel safe and comforted again, reassuring him that it’s definitely not him and all them.
When we talk about positive affirmations we almost always are referring to adults, but what about children? Children are not exempt from issues, just like adults, they have feelings that need to be heard and validated.
Sometimes a nice relaxing getaway or daycation is all we need to get feel rejuvenated!
There is no denying that life can come at you fast.
Have you ever set a major goal for yourself (such as losing weight, starting a business, etc;), and you get into the rhythm and routine of completing it; then all of sudden, you get drained and one day you’re just like “ugh, I can’t continue”?
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”-Maya Angelou
We all have struggled with some sort of insecurity at one time or another in our lives. While building confidence is something that many of us have had to do, it is also something that doesn’t necessarily come easily to everyone. Even if you are struggling to build up your confidence, there are steps that you can take over time to help you become the woman that you were meant to be.
As a parent, it can be hard to admit when we have failed at something. Saying it to ourselves is one thing, but letting the world know, is a completely different level of uncomfortable.
But like they say, when you know better, you do better. I never want to look back and wonder what could I have done differently? Or I wish I was there more. I know if I don’t want to ever feel that way, then I definitely do not want my children to have those memories of their childhood either.
As adults sometimes we find it difficult to navigate and manage stress. So it’s easy to imagine (at least I hope), that it must be the same for kids as well. My dad always sad a happy child is a stress-free child; and while I agree, I knew that I had to start taking steps to help my children manage stress in a healthy and positive way. By instilling these habits early on, this will help them learn to find healthy ways to cope as an adult (at least I hope).
Here are 30 ways to help your child calm down and cope with stress.
1. Blow Bubbles
Besides being outright fun, blowing bubbles helps to control breathing which is a common technique many parents use when they want their kids to calm down.
2. Count to 5
Is a simple form of meditation. Combined with breathing this can be an effective technique for allowing your child to reset.
3. Give (or get) hugs.
Hugs reduce blood pressure and stress. Grandma didn’t lie when she said a hug makes everything better.
5. Talk about it.
6. Play music.
8. Go for a walk.
Walking has been proven to reduce stress. Sometimes a short walk just to clear their head (and yours) is all that is needed.
9. Complete a craft.
It gives the child the chance to sit still and focus on something other that what made them upset for a few minutes.
Coloring is helpful on so many levels. This is another activity that allows them to redirect their focus to something else. Having special coloring books just for calm down time may be beneficial. You can even let your child pick out a coloring book that they would like to have.
Sometimes all of the anxiety and anger built up can be released by something a simple as running. Like walking it helps to reduce stress and can be the start of making sure your child has a healthy outlet for reducing stress.
12. Find something squishy and squeeze it
Squeezing is a great way to release tension in the body. Kids sometimes don’t realize just how upset they are (and how much they are holding in) until they start squeezing something.
13. Place hands in pockets
Like a hug, this is another form of applying deep pressure to the body. Kids can also sit on their hands or clasp them.
14. Close eyes and think of a calm place (or place they want to be)
15. Push against the wall
Have your child push against the for 10-15 second two or three times. This allows them to relax by releasing hormones into the body.
Early mornings and late nights, can lead to a lot of stress in marriages. I recently talked about how the long stressful days caused a division in my marriage and how we decided that we were moving forward. In marriage, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of putting everything before one another/forgetting why you married one another in the first place.
Confidence or some type of insecurity is something that we all struggle with at some point in time. As parents, it is our goal to make sure that we allow our children to become the best versions of themselves.
It’s Sunday, which means it is time for us to extend a little grace to our readers! If you are anything like us, life can be a little hectic at times. If you have ever had your mind so clouded that you can’t seem to pull your emotions or thoughts together, then we know exactly how you feel.