Learning to separate can take time. Use a routine to help make the good-bye as concise and structured as possible. Each time you separate, try giving your child two hugs and a kiss and say, "I'll be back to pick you up later!"
Five minutes can feel like an hour to a child. Explain time in a way she'll understand. If she asks, "How long?" you might say, "As long as it takes to walk to school" or "As long as it takes to brush your teeth."
Sharing with a sibling can sometimes be difficult. Try setting up boxes where each of your children can place items that they do not wish to share. Then you can designate some items that are always for sharing.
Moving can mean big changes and transitions. If possible, take your child to his new neighborhood or school before you move. Show him some new places and things that you think will excite him.
If your child is being bullied, have him practice saying, "I don't like the way they are acting. I am going to play with someone else." Let him know that it is always OK to ask a grown-up for help.
Help your child brainstorm positive words to describe himself. You can use the What We Are anthem song as inspiration.
Let your child know that you believe in her. Knowing that she has your support will help her become more confident.
Encourage your child to give things a try, whether it's tasting a new food or saying hello to a new child in the neighborhood. Trying new things can be empowering—and he might love something he tries!
Encourage your child to talk about something she's proud of accomplishing. Focusing on her strengths and achievements will help her face challenges with determination.
When your child runs into a problem, encourage him to "Breathe, Think, Do": Take a deep breath, think about what to do next, and give the solution a try.
Introduce your child to the word "persistent," explaining that it means not giving up, even when things don't go the way you want them to. Being persistent helps us solve problems…and helps make us stronger.
Help your child gain independence by offering choices during your daily routines. Does she want to wear the blue shirt or the red shirt today? Does she want to have an apple or celery at snack time?
Use the saying "Feel It, Name It, Share It" with your child to help him reflect on, recognize, and express his emotions.
Check in with your child regularly about her feelings. It'll remind her that you're there for her and give her opportunities to practice expressing emotions.
Talking about your own emotions and coping with them in positive ways can help set a good example for your child.