Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Supporting Children in Tough Economic Times: Information for Parents

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Supporting Children in Tough Economic Times: Information for Parents

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As more and more families are coping with the harsh realities of the current economic crisis, many parents question how best to support their children's resilience in the face of stress.

* Maintain as much of a normal family routine as possible.

* Be available and open to talk when your child is ready.

* Answer questions honestly and calmly while staying optimistic.

* Be aware of changes in your child's behaviors and emotions.

* Encourage your child to tell you if he or she feels overwhelmed.

* Encourage healthy and diverse friendships and involvement in extracurricular activities.

* Encourage physical activity, good nutrition, and rest.

* Keep your child aware of anticipated family changes. Acknowledge that change can feel uncomfortable but reassure him or her that the family will be okay.

* Do not hide the truth from your child. Children sense parents' worry and the unknown can be scarier than the truth. …

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