What you do or say makes a difference to your child. If times are bad and you can say or do something positive, your child will learn that he can do and feel that same way. If you look at the good or hopeful side of things, your child will learn to do it, too.
Parents’ actions shape their children’s reactions to crises and problems. These activities will help your child to:
In tough times, your child looks to you for hope and encouragement.
This activity uses poetry as a way to start talking with your child about hope. It can be easier to talk about the ideas in a poem, than it is to say what you feel in your own heart. Reading this poem can help your child find words to talk about his feelings. This activity shows that talking about feelings is a good thing.
This activity uses art to create a picture of the future. In hard times, many children give up any hope for a bright future. Older children, most of all, may begin to think that they don’t matter. With some help from you, they may begin to see a brighter future.
If your child’s picture is very sad or violent, go to the Just for Parents section of this book to find out where to get help for your child.