When you see that your child isn't making friends and you don't know why or how to help, it's frustrating. When our children have a problem, we frequently want to rush into problem-solving mode right away. However, it is preferable to first calm down and listen to what your child has to say. Giving children the opportunity to express themselves and be heard teaches them that it's okay to talk about their feelings and that you're a wonderful person to go to when they need help. Showing that you care will be especially significant to children who may be feeling rejected or invisible. Waiting for further information will also help you be more supportive afterwards. "If we don't allow them space to just discuss," , "we can end up with a solution that isn't really a good fit for the actual situation. Here is how to help your kids when they are sad and lonely
1. Encourage them to express their emotions.
Encourage your child to express their emotions by gently encouraging them to do so. This will help them develop the habit of putting their feelings into words and allowing them to be heard. "Say something like, 'I was thinking it's been a long time since you've seen your buddies, I wish we could visit them at their home like we used to. Let them know it's alright to feel such emotions and that they are loved and supported regardless of how they feel.
2. Make their loneliness seem normal.
When it comes to validation, make sure your kids know they're not the only ones that is lonely "It makes perfect sense for them to claim they're missing someone they can't see. Relax and empathize with them." Say something like, 'Yes, there are folks I miss as well.' Then connect it to something nice. 'However, I'm overjoyed that we'll be able to spend all of this extra time together.' 'Take a look at what we're up to. Make it about something fun you're doing together.
3. Encourage spending quality time with friends and family.
Humans are designed and built to connect with one another. Your child's sense of identity and belonging is enhanced through meaningful interactions with family and friends. It's crucial to develop a lonely child's peer and extended family relationships in addition to spending time with family at home, as simple as this recommendation may sound. Spending quality time with friends and extended family members (such as grandparents and cousins) can help your child or adolescent form essential ties and build remarkable experiences that go beyond their immediate family.
4. Establish a routine and structure.
Predictability is soothing to preschoolers, and research shows that it might help them feel less anxious. Set bedtimes and mealtimes, and schedule time for daily reading, independent play, physical activity, technology, and playtime with your partner. Include a family movie night, a gaming hour, or craft time on your weekly agenda to amp up the enjoyment.
5. Get close
Touch has the ability to relax and connect people. Some children enjoy cuddling. Others may require sneaking hugs and cuddles or a back rub before bedtime. You can also play games that include touch, such as: Wrap your youngster in a blanket and pretend they're a caterpillar preparing to enter a cocoon and emerge as a lovely butterfly. Alternatively, they may pretend to be different instruments and play the drums on their stomach, the piano on their back. Laughter and silliness are excellent antidotes to sadness.
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