Every Parents Wants More than this for their child…
No parent want to hear these words “I’m coping and hoping.”
Well, that is the mantra of Generation “Z”; the individuals born between 1995 and 2019 who are currently between the ages of 4 and 24 years of age.
This generation is experiencing more stress and anxiety than any previous generation. When you add Covid into the mix it is easy to understand why they are feeling lonely, isolated, and hopeless.
What can adults do to help turn this around?
Here is 3 things you can do…
- Arrange weekly video chats with your child’s friends on a consistent base. Let them pick a play date activity which can be done virtual while they interact with their friends. One day the friend decides and the next time your child decides the activity. This also teaches your child to have compassion for others interests and needs.
- Provide extra reassurance. 98% of learning is observatory learning; meaning child primarily learn from their environment. If the parents are exhibiting constantly stress and anxiety, the children are going to pick up on. Give lots of hugs and cuddles. Spend extra time with them playing games which will distract them. Read a book to them or have them read to you. Make sure the television is turned off.
- Talk about feelings. Your child is most likely missing family birthday parties, holidays, and in-person schooling. Ask open ended questions which help your child express their true feelings. Questions are better than talking. Keep in mind the younger the child the more limited their vocabulary so think like a child and not an adult.
Most importantly teach yourself and your child that happiness is a choice. We can make our own happiness. Give your child something to look forward to every single day. It doesn’t have to be something big. It can be something small like a fun activity, a movie night, a special meal, a walk, puzzle, drawing, or a game.
Brainstorm with your child on some ideas you and your child can do together to create positive happy experiences every single day and leave your ideas in the comments. It takes a village to raise strong, confident, and happy children. You never know if your idea inspires someone else to live a more fulfilled and happy life.
Your child’s mental and emotional health is being challenging. Now, is the time to teach them how to move forward and create happiness in their lives regardless of the events occurring in the world.