Over the last few weeks, I’ve been writing about different coping skills for children. I’ve discussed physical coping skills, calming coping skills and distracting coping skills that can help kids deal with big emotions and feelings. This week, I wanted to focus on processing coping skills. There are going to be times when kids need to work through challenging experiences and tough feelings. Here are some ways for kids to actually start processing their thoughts, behaviors and emotions:
Journaling - Kids could free write whatever is in their brain that just needs to get out, or about a particular topic that is bothering them. They could use a pen and paper or use a computer and type it up. Whatever works best for them!
Writing songs or poetry - Some kids work through things by writing song lyrics or melodies or rhythms. It can be cathartic to get out emotions in that way.
Talking to someone you trust - They could talk to anyone they feel comfortable with. It doesn’t have to be their parents. They could reach out to other family members like aunts, uncles, cousins or siblings. They could also seek out a person at school, like a school counselor or a trusted teacher.
Create a playlist - Music is so powerful. Creating specific playlists for different situations (calming, energy, relaxing, homework time).
What are your ideas for coping skills to help kids process?
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