Children look to adults for guidance on how to respond during stressful events. Kids are highly sensitive to the emotional states of their parents, so if parents are experiencing worry or fear, it’s likely that kids will be more anxious too. A parent’s job during a stressful time is to be ‘Bigger, Stronger, Wiser’, showing their children through actions and words that it is not the job of the child to worry and that the parent continues to be in charge and capable of providing safety and reassurance. Here are some specific guidelines:
Finally, taking care of your mental health is more important than ever during times of uncertainty. Voth Family Therapy is continuing to provide care and support to existing and new clients while we all figure out this COVID-19 thing. We happily offer online and phone counselling to stay in touch. For more tips on staying mentally well, follow us on Facebook and Instagram!
Blog Author -- Jodie Voth, RMFT
Jodie is a full-time therapist and owner of Voth Family Therapy. She enjoys working with teens and motivated adults who are working through transitions and relationship challenges.