Tips for helping kids bounce back from a bad day


A student works on a math book in a school classroom (Nexstar, file)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bad days happen. And they happen for kids, too.

But as parents, how can we help them reset without fixing their problems for them?

Mary Williams from the Family Conservancy says their are four things parents can try.

  • Listen to your child and reflect back the feelings they express
  • Acknowledge and validate your child’s feelings vs. minimizing them
  • Avoid criticism and advice giving
  • Help your child connect to what they already know makes them feel better

Just like adults, sometimes kids just need a safe landing spot and someone to vent to and as a parent, you are that safe person.

For more parenting advice and resources you can check out the Family Conservancy website.

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