19th Feb 2021
The emotional wellbeing of our children has been front and centre of reports and articles of late. Balancing their needs against a backdrop of home schooling, remote working, cold weather and parental stress has led to an increase in reports of children struggling. An increase in digital device use has led to an increase in online bullying and exposed a vulnerability in our children that highlights how important it is to provide them with the skills to access self-care for themselves.
A lot has been discussed recently around the value of self-care for adults but do our children know what self-care looks like? Would they know how to take time out for themselves or what self-care looks like for them as individuals?
We spend a lot of time encouraging our children to be kind to one another but how often do we encourage them to be kind to themselves? When we think of all the voices they hear every day, actually the one they hear the most is their own. So surely when we are encouraging kindness, we should be ensuring we are encouraging them to speak kindly to themselves too.
Below are some various ways in which we can encourage our children to be kind to themselves and take some time out for their own self-care.
Self-care is a phrase that our children should be used to hearing as they grow. We need to help them understand what it looks like for them specifically and help them to access it independently. Ultimately, we need to make sure that ‘voice inside’ is helping them and not hindering them. Kindness to ourselves is just as important as kindness to another.
Lucy Howard, BulliesOut Digital Communications Officer
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