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5 Simple but Effective Ways to Help Your Child with the Uncertain Year Ahead

Deliver the plan with confidence

While coming up with a plan for the upcoming months has likely left you feeling less than confident many days, when you’re ready to deliver the news to your child, it’s time to put your game-face on. 

It’s easy to forget that you set the emotional tone for your child when you begin an important conversation.

If you’re feeling super uneasy or anxious, that’s your cue to get your own confidence and emotion ducks in a row, before communicating with your child.

Honesty with age-appropriate information is good, but without your child feeling an underlying sense of safety and security from you, it will be hard for them to find confidence in the uncertainty.

Focus on the positives and make sure they walk away with the clear message that “We can get through anything together”.

Take care of your own emotional needs

The irony is, the more you need ‘self-care’ the harder it is for you to put it into place. Why? Brains under stress have a harder time seeing the big picture and applying reason and logic.

Your child picks up on so much more than the words you use when sitting down to have a discussion. They pick up on your emotional energy, presence, tone of voice and demeanor.

It’s ok for your child to see you face stress and adversity while experiencing real feelings, but it becomes overwhelming to your child if it becomes commonplace and they feel the captain of their ship is not ready to be at the wheel.

Create boundaries with your child and make sure they’re not absorbing ongoing exasperating phone calls and conversations about stressful topics.

Find outlets for your stress and work through your own emotions so they’re not inadvertently dumped on your child.