Top tips for you and your child

Our Parent Services team give their top tips for how you can support your child during a time of change or difficulty.

Act on Warning Signs

You know your child better than anybody else. It’s important to act on the warning signs if you start to feel concerned.

Catherine’s tips:

  • Look out for a change in things like sleeping or eating habits
  • Communicate with your child if you’ve seen these signs
  • Keep going, even if it feels like you’re not getting through to them
  • Contact your GP or school about the warning signs if things don’t improve
When you’ve seen these signs, it’s really important to try and talk to your child. Keep talking to your child and trying to communicate in any way you can - hugging, listening to them, texting them. In any way, keep the line of communication open with them.

Be Part of the Solution

As a parent, be part of the solution. There are a number of things you can do to support your child, whether that be helping them plan, problem solve, or develop a sense of hope for the future.

Jo’s tips:

  • Get interested in what your child is doing
  • Open up conversations about what they’re involved in
  •  Keep an eye on pressure points
Have conversations with them about music, about current affairs, about social media. Get them to teach you about the things they’re involved in.

Be Your Child's Anchor

If your child is experiencing problems or going through significant change, it’s important that you can be an anchor for them.

Jo’s tips:

  • Being an anchor will be reassuring if things are changing
  • Maintain hobbies and routines
  • Be a sense of hope by encouraging them
See what kind of things you can maintain, whether its hobbies, family favourites or routines. These will provide a safety net if your child is struggling, or finding it hard to cope with the change that is around them.

Look After Yourself

It’s important you look after yourself, to best look after your child.

Catherine’s tips:

  • Recognise when you’re finding things hard
  • Talk to family and friends about how things are
  • Don’t blame yourself, it is not your fault
  • Recharge your batteries and relax
Don’t blame yourself, it’s so easy to do but it’s not your fault. As a parent you can feel guilty all the time, but what is happening is happening and what’s really important is that you take care of yourself.

For more top tips, download our Ten Ways for Parents to Help Children Cope with Change poster. 

Special thanks to Tallulah Self for producing the Top Tips videos

#Take20 is in association with The Drum's Do It Day 

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