Residential treatment can be a difficult experience for a child. There are days that are stressful and other days that seem like they drag on forever. If your child is going through a tough time, it’s important to try and keep them positive and focus on the important things happening in their lives. One of the best ways to do this is to give them helpful tips that will help them survive during these hard times. Here are a few of the things that you should consider giving to your child who is going through a tough time:
o Don’t make the child feel guilty or feel bad about anything. Letting your child know that there is nothing wrong with them will help them feel better. This is a wonderful way to encourage any child to talk about their problems without feeling guilty. If your child feels that there is blame on their part for their condition, they are likely to feel even worse.
o Prepare them for the future. Try to help your child to determine their futures. Determine what careers they may want to pursue. How to they can support themselves if they lose their job. For children, a trip to the dentist is one of their top priorities. Ask them how they feel about having this done and whether they would prefer to have somebody do it for them or not.
o Get them involved. Get your child involved with their treatment. Let them know that they are not alone and that they don’t need to feel ashamed about their condition. Let them know that the doctors, nurses and therapists are all there to help them through this difficult time.
o Give them encouragement. Children are naturally inquisitive. Encourage your child to ask questions about things that interest them. The more they learn about their condition, the better their chances of overcoming it.
o Support them in whatever they do. Support your child by purchasing his or her favorite clothes and providing other items. Do not forget to buy them a spoon. At home, you can get your child to sketch as well. Drawing can help a child to express what they feel. After all, drawing is one of the most popular activities that children engage in when they are in residential treatment.
o Set a good example. Be sure to lead a very positive lifestyle. Your child will be able to see how you look at yourself. If you smoke, let it go. Smoking is not only bad for your child’s health but also can create a very negative impression about the people around you.
o Teach them to have confidence. Confidence means getting out of your comfort zone and doing things that you may find difficult to do. One of the best ways to boost your child’s confidence is to take up an activity that you enjoy doing or offer to them. Let them pick an art project that you are knowledgeable about or suggest an activity that they find challenging. The more they do something you enjoy doing, the more eager they will be to try it out. In addition, by doing this you are showing your child that you value their thoughts and opinions.
o When they are scared, get them outside on a leash. Getting your child to run around will help them feel safe and secure. This helps them feel comfortable going outside instead of staying in their room all day. Getting them out of the house and into the world helps them get over their fear of being separated from you.
o Keep an eye on your child’s diet. Sometimes, changes in eating habits may affect their moods and performance. As soon as you notice any changes, get your child involved. Plan a special meal just for them. Doing this allows you to get a better understanding of what they want, which makes it easier to make changes.
o Give them regular physical activity. This doesn’t mean you always have to take them out to play. Walking is a great activity to do with your child because it gets them out of the house and active. Even if you are at work, you can still walk around with them. Walking is a great form of exercise that teaches your child how to get healthier and maintain a healthy weight.