The One Thing Your Child Really Wants When They're Stressed
By Daniel Schmitz, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International
Whether you have millions in the bank or not, parents will always have challenges with raising their kids.
Have you ever had a situation when your child was really stressed and you didn't know what to do?
Dealing with our own stress as parents is one thing, but helping our kids with it can be a whole different challenge.
Recognising this and knowing how to deal with strong emotions like stress in our children, can make a huge difference to their well-being and strengthen our relationship with them.
There are so many things that can stress children out in modern life and the powerful infographic below from GoZen.com shows what can cause that stress and how we, as parents, can help our children.
Wow! 75% of Kids Want Their Parents When They Are Stressed...
This might seem obvious, but how many times do we think our children want food or toys or gifts or a DVD to watch when they are upset...?
The reality is, children want help and support from their parents when they are stressed! Here's renowned author of The Road Less Travelled, M. Scott Peck with more...
“When we love something it is of value to us, and when something is of value to us we spend time with it, time enjoying it and time taking care of it. Observe a teenager in love with his car and note the time he will spend admiring it, polishing it, repairing it, tuning it. Or, an older person with a beloved rose garden, and the time spent pruning and mulching and fertilizing and studying it. So it is when we love children, we spend time admiring them and caring for them. We give them our time.”
- M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Travelled
Here is another great example from Dr. Stephen Covey, the author of the book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’. It's about how he spent time building a relationship with his daughter through watching Star Wars and listening to what she had to teach him about it!