3 Steps to Dealing with Your Daughter’s Feelings

We all want our kids to be happy and healthy, but everybody has a bad day once in a while. So what should you do when your daughter is feeling down?

1)      Ask her what’s going on – oftentimes kids don’t have words to express what they’re feeling, so they stomp or slam doors, or act out physically or behaviorally. It’s important that your daughter knows she can talk to you about how she’s feeling.

2)      Don’t force the issue – she made need a little time and/or space before she’s ready to talk to you. So if she seems reluctant to talk, let her know you’re there for when she’s ready.

3)      Share – if you have an inkling about what’s bothering her, you might want to share a similar situation you’ve experienced to let her know that you’ve been there and you know what she’s going through.

 

For more on this week’s topic check out these sites:

http://www.austinchildguidance.org/for-parents/parenting-articles-tips/helping-children-manage-their-emotions/

http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/AddictionsSubstanceAbuse/if-par-parent-info-series-1-1.pdf

http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/familytools/teaching_emotions.pdf

http://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/strategies_4.html

 

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