The shortest answer to this question would be to ask your child, “Do you feel like you have more happy days than sad or more sad days than happy?”
The longer version begins by asking yourself that very same question. As adults, we need to be able to identify and articulate our own emotions in order to help our children. Think back to when you were young and how your family acknowledged or did not acknowledge emotional pain- anxiety, sadness, despair or grief.
The family culture in which we were raised plays a critical role in how we place value on our own emotional health and that of others. Whether you were brought up with little regard for feelings or were nurtured with emotional support impacts how we care for the mental health of our children.
Regardless of age, children can experience tremendous healing through being truly seen and heard. Practice ways of being a listening presence to hear their hurts and worries while resisting the urge to fix their feelings.
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By: Posted by Jane K. Sieve, LICSW, Ridgeview Clinics
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