Helping Kids Heal
I recently posted a simple technique that can help empower your child, and help them change their memories and emotions around something painful. If you are interested in checking out that post you can read more about changing the story here. Today, I want to share another technique you can try to help your child heal from their anxieties.
Sometimes kids are grumpy, they have things going on in their life that we as parents and educators may not always be clued in on. Sometimes they wake up “on the wrong side of the bed” in the morning, sometimes they come home from school or activities with an attitude. Whether the teacher or instructor spoke to them harshly or they had a tiff with one of their friends, usually a little fun will quickly shake them out of their mood. However, if the a fun activity I know they enjoy doesn’t change their mood I know I have to take it a step further.
Bringing out the “Healing Box” which is just a decorated shoe box and paper and colorful pens, pencils or crayons usually does the trick. I ask my child to share their hurts or concerns. As they speak, I draw pictures so that they can see the story and the others members of the family or if in a classroom setting, classmates can feel compassion. Once everyone has shared their feelings, I fold up the pieces of paper. Then we put them in the “healing box.”
How does it work?
The idea is that they can put their concerns in that box and know that those memories will be healed and all is well now. I don’t really know how or why it works, it just does. Maybe it is simply expressing it and letting it go.
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Did you find this post helpful? Were you able to help your child release some of their stress and anxiety? Do you have any helpful tips for helping kids deal with anxiety and worry? If you do, let us know in the comments below.
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