There are so many ways to show children that you care and that you are “there with them” through the grieving process.

Here are some ways to help kids express and manage their feelings.

In the most difficult moments, remember to “REASSURE” kids.

During tough times and stressful situations, children may feel as if their worlds have been turned upside down. But you can create a calm, familiar environment and build children’s sense of security.

During tough times, when there is a lot of change and uncertainty, children may just not be themselves. Just like grown-ups, kids experience stress. If changes in their behavior continue or affect their everyday life, it might be time to reach out for help.

You matter most in your child’s growth and development. No matter what comes their way, research shows that kids are more likely to thrive with a caring and committed adult in their lives.

When you take time for self care, you are better able to care for your child. Even a few minutes of “you time” can help you to recharge so that you can parent at your best. Stress causes wear and tear on a person, inside and out. Keep these tips in mind next time you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Children are learning to express their emotions. They don’t yet have the tools to talk about their feelings and this can lead to big frustration and bigger meltdowns.

As parents and caregivers, it’s your job to be supportive even when children are expressing big emotions. This will help them manage their reactions and allow them to feel safe when confronting scary feelings. But remaining calm can be a tricky task.

Parents and families are children’s first teachers. Family Friday focuses on engaging families to support our youngest learners.  You might be thinking, “I’m a parent, not a teacher.” The great news is, whether you’ve had training or not, you are your child’s first teacher.

Children develop creativity, social skills, and fine muscles with open-ended art projects that let them make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands.

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