Worry not about second-guessing your child’s inner worries
By Tracy Gladman, Education & Business Manager, The Worrinots
It’s only natural for parents and carers to worry about children, so for some, this may feel like a long time coming. We’ve wondered what makes them worry, tried to get them to open up and allow us to help. Some children think they don’t need it, some think they might be laughed at and others just don’t want to talk to a grown up. The Worrinots are concerned about children too and are here to help your child deal with making the fear disappear.
Children don’t always volunteer their feelings, we seem to have to second guess what’s troubling them. We’re going on holiday, are they worried about the flight? We’re moving house, will they cope with the change? I can’t afford to give my children the things other parents give theirs, how will that affect my child? As parents are we not meant to set an example? But we keep arguing, what impact is this having? The summer holiday is coming to a close and many children are changing school; how are they feeling about it?
There has been a lot of talk from the government about early intervention for children’s well-being; but what does it mean and how can we deliver it?
How can we stop our children suffering from small worries at such a young age, how can we stop their worries growing with them so they don’t reach crisis point in their teenage years. How can I know what my children are worried about and help them to overcome their fears.
Of course we want to allow our children to learn coping mechanisms; not just for the short term, but lifelong strategies that will help them develop into rounded adults, with a healthy mental well-being. Our children deserve to have a happy, safe and carefree childhood; after all they are children only once and shouldn’t be worrying about adult issues. That’s why they have adults to look after them; so we need to feel assured we are putting everything in place for their happiness to exist.
The internet is there; but that in itself brings about worry for adults, what are the children looking at? Is it appropriate? Is the information right for their age? How can we feel assured that children are in a secure place, ad free with no risk of running up huge in-app purchase bills.
What does early intervention look like to you?
Who should be responsible for it? Should it be everyone’s responsibility? The Government are suggesting it’s necessary and schools should be responsible for it; but they’re already stretched too thin and budgets are too tight.
The Worrinots believe early intervention looks like four androgynous characters offering tips, advice and coping mechanisms when it’s needed. They’re like a digital comfort blanket we know children not only love, but more importantly trust with their inner most feelings that they wouldn’t proactively share with an adult.
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