Lots of young children will still struggle with their feelings at times. It may be when they are tired, poorly or facing changes in their lives. This is normal and your child will need your help and reassurance that everything will be OK. You can help them understand their different emotions and how to manage them. You can help your child make sense of this by;
Everyone has heard of the ‘terrible twos’ when most parents expect outbursts and tantrums. This often changes as children grow and are less frustrated because they have more language and physical skills. However it takes children a long time to handle their emotions in a safe and healthy way.
Don’t forget to spend time talking to your child and praising them when you see them managing their feelings well! Think about;
Small children can have a lot of worries. Children this age;
Just like adults, some children find new experiences or situations easier to cope with than others. Your child may not be able to explain their feelings but you might notice it by how they behave;
Talk to your child about what you have noticed and help them think what might be causing these feelings and behaviours. You might be able to guess if you know that they are facing changes, or have had some hard experiences.
When your child feels worried or scared about something it might not seem a big deal to you. Encourage them to tell you about it. By showing you take how they feel seriously they are more likely to carry on talking to you as they get older. You can think up ways to cope together.
You can help your child by explaining that being worried is normal and everyone feels that way sometimes;
Remember all children are different but if you are worried speak to your child's nursery or early years setting, they will be happy to talk to you about how best to support your child. If your child is not at nursery, or you are still worried, contact Just One Number to talk to a health professional for advice and support.
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.
Qwell provides free, safe and anonymous mental wellbeing support for adults in Norfolk and Waveney from a professional team of qualified counsellors.
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