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Back to School: How to Give Your Child Emotional Support at Home

by Rebecca Eanes


2. Limit screen time. Kids need time away from their peers, away from school pressure, and away from social media. They may not want it, but they need it. Studies show that the more time children spend looking at their screens, the more depressed and anxious they become. Shut it off and send them outside.


3. Choose extracurricular activities wisely. Extracurricular activities have a lot of benefits, but being over-scheduled causes more stress. Only pick activities that your child really enjoys which can serve as a release of pent-up emotions, and make sure to leave a little breathing room in their schedule.


4. Spend quality time together. I know we parents are busy, too, but relationships must be tended to in order to grow and flourish. Put away your own devices and make one-on-one time a priority. You’ll see that, by filling your child’s emotional cup, she behaves better, melts down less, and feels happier.


5. Offer lots of encouragements and affirmations. Children are criticized and judged all day. They’re often told where they’re not meeting standards or how they should improve. It’s tough to maintain a positive self-esteem when all you hear are critical words. Home is the place where children get built back up. Home is where they can rest in love and acceptance. Compliment them frequently. Notice and point out the good things they do and are. Be a light reflector.


We must put our children’s emotional health above all else. Only then will they be free to grow well and reach their fullest potentials. Rather than sending your disgruntled child to his room, try offering empathy and a hug. Hugs work wonders.

Rebecca Eanes is the bestselling author of multiple books including Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, The Positive Parenting Workbook, and The Gift of a Happy Mother. She is the grateful mom of two boys. 


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