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When the going gets tough

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When the going gets tough

What to do with this activity?

Life is not always easy. It is important for a child to be able to face difficulties and to overcome them. As a parent you can't "fix" every problem your child experiences, but you can help them develop ways to get through life. By doing that, your child will become emotionally stronger and better able to cope in the future. These pointers might help.

1) Firstly, be alert to your child's needs. Often bad behaviour is a sign of unhappiness. Listen carefully and encourage your child to talk about what they are experiencing. 

2) If they are facing problems in school, either with school work or socially, talk with their teacher and work together to help your child.

3) Find ways to boost your child's self confidence and self esteem. Praise effort and compliment their good points that are easily taken for granted. Show them in small ways how much you love them.

4) Let them know that nobody is perfect and not to be too hard on themselves. 




  • Why am I doing this?

    Children improve their language by hearing how words are used in everyday life. Chatting to your child helps build their communication skills. Getting your child to tell you stories or explain things, helps them to put ideas in the right order. This is an important skill for listening and speaking.

  • How can I do more?

    When you’re out and about with your child ask them to recall little things that happened on previous trips. For example, “Do you remember what we saw here yesterday?” This helps your child to recall, listen, speak and to become more aware of their surroundings – good skills for listening and speaking.

    But remember, to listen well, first let your child finish what they are saying. Avoid too many questions that might interrupt their train of thought. Try not to think about what you want to say next. Concentrate on what your child is saying. Check with them that you understood, for example, “So what you are saying is…”

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