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.
- 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
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.
- Get interested in what your child is doing
- Open up conversations about what they’re involved in
- Keep an eye on pressure points
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.
- Being an anchor will be reassuring if things are changing
- Maintain hobbies and routines
- Be a sense of hope by encouraging them
Look After Yourself
It’s important you look after yourself, to best look after your child.
- 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
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
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