Changes in children's behaviour
You need to acknowledge when your child is behaving differently. A change in behaviour may be the result of different emotions, such as: anxiety, stress, uncertainty.
They may often find different ways to express the feeling they have - for example they may suggest they have a sore tummy. A sore tummy is much easier to talk about than sadness.
Talk to your children about how they’re feeling often and how you’re feeling. You don’t want to overwhelm them but you do want to normalise the way they’re feeling. Let them know that when it comes to things that are unknown, it’s ok to feel anxious but reassure them you’re going to look after each other and things have changed for a reason.
Reward charts allow children to visualise positive reinforcement and this helps encourage a clear link between the chart and good behaviour.
It is important for us to develop a daily routine, as a routine can help us to feel more in control of everything and help us to make room for all that's important. Routine can aid our mental health. It can help us to cope with change, to form healthy habits, and to reduce our stress levels.
I have attached an editable visual daily routine below, which can be adapted for child/ren, carers or whole families.
If you require any help in adapting the timetable, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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