Every child deserves a happy and stress-free . However, there are times when problems can plague your child. Some issues can be manageable and you, as a parent, can instantly offer your help. However, there are times when a deeper problem arises, one that involves emotional and psychological issues. When your child is struggling to cope, and it starts to affect school performance and behavior, you have to be brave enough to turn to a therapist for help. Once you let the therapist step in, be prepared to offer your support in ways such as the following:
- Value Conversations Children who go through emotional trauma tend to withdraw and keep things to themselves. When they do start opening up, it’s usually a cathartic experience for them. When your child initiates a conversation out of the blue, always be ready to listen. Be proactive and create an environment that promotes trust and honesty, such as keeping electronic devices turned off during the conversation.
- Express Confidence in Your Child Confidence plays a vital role in helping your child cope. Don’t hesitate to express to them how proud you are of them. Let them know how brave they are for speaking up and for accepting help. Avoid making your child feel like a victim. Instead, tell your child that you trust in their ability to deal with negative situations and to be resilient.
- Maintain a Positive Attitude It’s important to stay positive about the outcome of your child’s therapy. Times such as this will affect the entire family, and nurturing sadness or guilt can drag everyone to anxiety and depression. Your child will need a strong support system to fall back to. A weak support system won’t contribute to the process of healing and can even add to the stress. So, do your best to inculcate a sense of optimism in the entire family.
- Cooperate with the Therapist Therapists have different approaches to every case. A therapist may have your child start a dream journal, draw pictures, practice meditative exercise, or engage in recreational activities. Show your support and also be present when the therapist asks you for a meeting. It’s during these meetings that the therapist is likely to discuss the progress of your child’s therapy and coaches you on what you and your family can do to support your child.
A loving parent will care for the body, emotion, and mind of one’s child. Any therapy is bound to fail without parents’ participation, so remember to be there for your child in every step of the way toward healing.