As parents and caregivers, it’s important for us to earnestly listen, empathize, and understand the stressful issues that surface for our kids. It’s important to remember that kids and adults have different perspectives. A child’s stressful situation may look very minor and unimportant to us, but kids need us to engage and allow them to tell us what they need to get back to being happy and healthy.
Can we talk?
It can be difficult to recognize when your child is stressed. There are many symptoms that could be clues to a stressed out child including:
Depending on their age, kids may lack the words to describe what is bothering them. Sitting them down and asking “What is the matter?” will often yield meaningless answers. Showing an interest in them is a good start. KidsHealth.org recommends parents “notice out loud” that a child may be processing negative feelings as in, “It seems like you might still be worried about ______”. This is a good way to open a conversation without putting your child on the spot. It also shows you are paying attention and you are interested and ready to listen.
Rocketoons to the rescue!
Kids may not feel comfortable coming right out and talking about themselves. They will have a much easier time talking about Charlie the Pumpkin’s stress when he was the last picked pumpkin in the patch. Rocketoons cover fifteen different stressful topics:
Help your kids/students become better communicators and better stewards of their own emotional states by watching a cartoon and having a Cartoonversation.
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