Our AMH MensSana team have been sharing their wisdom this week during Children’s Mental Health Week – here are their top tips to help your child open up and start talking about how they are feeling.
Good conversations often happen when you are doing something else with your child/young person for example out walking, driving somewhere, painting/drawing together or cooking/baking. Children and young people often open up in the middle of doing other things. Make the most of your time together to talk. Sometimes it can be difficult to get your child/young person to open up so lead by example – talk about your day.
Could be images of doing these activities together.
Journaling can help children and young people process feelings and communicate ideas through art and writing.
How to start journaling
A worry Jar is a place for your child to put their worries so they don’t have to keep thinking about them. Enabling Children to open up and talk about how they are feeling
CREATE THE WORRY JAR
A feelings scavenger hunt can help your child learn about different emotions.
1) Obtain images representing different emotions.
2) Cut out the images and hide them.
3) Make a list of all the emotions your kid needs to find
4) When he finds a card, ask him to name at least one thing that makes him feel like the emotion displayed.
For younger children using books to describe feelings and asking your child a time that they might have felt this emotion- starts conversations about emotions and feelings.
The Way I am Feeling Janan Cain is a brilliant book beautifully illustrated, below is a link to it being read.