It’s Finally The Weekend!!
Every week I come across so many informative articles, funny and inspiring quotes, and cool websites. It’s impossible to post them all on my facebook page, so here’s what I came across this week.
Have a great weekend!
A senior Psychologist at the Children’s Hospital of Denver gives some great advice on helping children cope with the tragedy. It’s a good read and here are a few clips that stood out to me.
“First, parents have to compose themselves,” Dolgan said, stressing that parents should think carefully about what they want to say to their children before they begin what will likely be a difficult conversation.
Second, Dolgan recommended that parents actually let their children lead the way. “Kids are all over the place with where they are developmentally,” he said. In order to deal with these differences, creating an atmosphere in which your children feel comfortable approaching you with questions would be optimal. Dr. Richard Marafiote, another psychologist who has worked in Aurora for many years, stressed how important it is for parents to “tune in” to their children in moments like these.
“By and large I think about the importance of parents allowing their children to speak about how they feel rather than having those parents put on their children what they believe their child may think or feel,” he said. Finally, Dolgan suggested parents should try to “normalize” the situation as much as possible, while limiting media exposure. “What we’ve found with many studies is the more kids and parents see the same kind of visuals, the more traumatizing it is,” Dolgan said.
10 Affirmations to Help Parents Accept Themselves and Their Children by KidsDiscuss.com
The author reminds us that it’s important for children to have parents who are accepting of themselves, as well as the children.
5 Affirmations for Helping Parents Accept Their Child
1. I accept my child is different.
2. I accept my child is quiet.
3. I accept my child can be stubborn.
4. I accept my child takes time to warm up to things or people.
5. I accept my child gets upset quickly.
5 Self-Accepting Affirmations for Parents
1. I accept I am a human being before I am a parent.
2. I accept I have limitations and many shortcomings, and this is okay.
3. I accept I don’t always know the right way.
4. I accept I can be selfish and unthinking in my dealings with my child.
5. I accept I don’t always know how to respond to my child.
8 Bucket List Questions to Ask Yourself, by Alice Boyes, Ph.D. on Psychology Today
Have you thought of jotting down a bucket list, or do you already have a bucket list? This is a good guide for us to use to help stimulate some ideas!
1. Who would you like to meet?
2. Where would you like to travel? If you could only do 3 things when you got there, what would you pick?
3. What challenges (if successfully achieved) would give you the biggest confidence boost?
4. What bucket list goals have you thought about but not pursued because you’d feel embarrassed if anyone knew you had that goal?
5. What do you like consuming that you might like to have a go at producing?
e.g., writing or acting for TV, writing a song, making a film, writing a novel, cooking foods you like to eat, writing comedy.
6. When you imagine yourself as really, really relaxed and happy, what are you doing?
7. When you imagine yourself as awestruck or giddy with excitement, what are you doing?
8. What was unique about you as a little kid? What were you passionate about as a little kid that you stopped exploring as you got older?
Advice From A Tree- I love this!
Miniature Building From Around the World from toysofthetrade.com. These would be great to use for sand tray therapy.
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