Although most of your children’s childhood is supposed to be about fun, games, and education, often there are some difficult periods they will have to go through.
These moments are unavoidable and as much as you’d like to shelter your children from them, the reality is that the earlier they learn how to cope with things like loss and divorce, the better.
With that in mind, here are 5 ways to help your kids through a difficult time:
1. Be Open And Honest About Everything
One of the most important things you can do when helping your kids through a difficult time is being open and honest with them about everything.
Whilst there are certain things you will need to keep from your children, talking to them about important issues that are happening should be something you’re comfortable with.
Whether it’s the loss of a close relative or you’re going through an uncontested divorce process, letting your children know is something you should always aim to do as soon as you possibly can. For tips on breaking the bad news to a child, you can visit this guide here.
2. Tell Them In A Space Where They Feel Comfortable
If you do have bad news to break to your children, telling them in a space where they feel comfortable can really help.
Most of the time, this space will be at home where they are familiar with their surroundings, and where they can go and seek personal space if they need it.
3. Give Them As Much Space As They Need
Once you have told your children the bad news, the likelihood is they’re going to do one of two things.
They’re either going to ask you lots of questions, or they’re going to go off and process the information you have given them. If you find it’s the second one, give them the time they need to do this.
4. Answer Any Questions They May Have
If your children ask you lots of questions about the situation you’re in, make sure you’re doing your best to answer them as best you can.
You will know that children can be incredibly curious so to help them understand better, they will probably ask you as many questions as they can think of. It may be hard for you, but it will help their understanding of the situation.
For a guide on answering the tricky questions kids give you, you can visit this site here.
5. Reassure Them That You’ll Always Be There For Them
Finally, it’s important you’re taking the time to reassure them that you will always be there for them.
Even if they don’t fully understand the situation, showing them that you care will make them feel much better. Whether it’s telling them that you can or taking them to one of their favourite places, they’ll understand that you’re doing everything you can to help them.
Are you struggling to break the bad news to your children? What can you do to make them feel safe? Let me know in the comments section below.