Thursday 26 November, 2020

Taking Care – Understanding Children’s Feelings & Teaching Self-Care

The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on all of us, but more so on children. They do not necessarily understand why they can no longer play with their friends or participate in the extracurricular activities they grew accustomed to. As a result, some children may begin to act out as a means of coping.  

In this installment of Taking Care, Denise Jittan-Johnson, Clinical Psychologist at Douglas & Associates Limited, provides guidelines to help parents and caregivers manage their children’s emotions when they feel overwhelmed as well as how to identify the ways in which these feelings may manifest themselves.  

Some of the emotions children could face are: 

  • Anger 

  • Tiredness 

  • Boredom 

  • Resisting the New Normal 

  • Numbing Out  

To help children cope, Jittan-Johnson recommends giving kids the words they need to express themselves, listening to what they’re saying, giving them space and time to move around and release energy and taking care of yourself so that you can better take care of your child. 

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