Suspect your child could be struggling with sadness or loneliness? Here’s what to do.

Talk About Feelings

Keep questions open-ended (“How are you feeling about having to stay inside because of the virus?”), and don’t try to talk your child out of their emotions. Instead, acknowledge and validate them by saying things like, “It’s okay to feel scared sometimes” or “I know it’s hard not to see your grandparents.” Brainstorm solutions together. Maybe Grandma can read them a book over FaceTime. Reassure your child that you and the other adults in their life are doing everything they can to keep them safe.

Get Close

Touch is a powerful way to soothe and connect. Some kids love snuggling. For others, you may have to sneak in hugs and cuddles, or offer a back rub at bedtime. You can also try playful games that incorporate touch: Roll your child up in a blanket and say they’re a caterpillar going into a cocoon and about to hatch into a beautiful butterfly. Or pretend they’re different instruments, and play the drums on their stomach, a piano on their back, or a tuba on their stomach. Silliness and laughter are a great antidote to feeling sad.

Set up Safe Ways to Socialize

Help setup ways for them to connect with other kids for play. However, be around to guide them so they do not imbibe wrong ideas via these social connections. Or help them surprise a friend with fresh-baked cookies on their doorstop. Kids can also meet outside for a sidewalk chalk party (remember to wear your mask)!

Post curled from – Parents.com

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