Lynn Lyons, LICSW, a psychotherapist who specializes in treating anxious families, states that “whenever we try to provide certainty and comfort, we are getting in the way of children being able to develop their own problem-solving and mastery.” Contrary to popular belief, it is ok for kids to fail – and try again. In fact, this is the main component of building resiliency!
3. Validate their feelings.
If you’ve participated in our Grace Academy group facilitator training, you know that this is part of a tool that we train all group facilitators in. Just like group participants, you want your child to feel heard and understood. Feelings are ok and normal!
4. Don't overbook their schedules.
Oh goodness is this a struggle in today’s world! Between soccer practice, math tutor, piano lessons, SAT classes and more, your child (even at a young age) may start to feel overwhelmed and overstimulated with how many activities they are being forced to participate in. Don’t be afraid to scale back and provide some rest and relief for your child (and you). This also frees up time for them to be creative and be a kid!
5. Watch the way you speak.