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Healthy Coping Skills

A weekly update of content from childmind.org featuring parenting advice, in-depth articles, and the latest thinking on children’s mental health and learning disorders.

October 18, 2022

We all experience uncomfortable emotions. How to respond to them in healthy ways is one of the most important lessons a child can learn. Since children often pick up behavior patterns from their parents, the best way to teach them healthy coping skills is by example. It may seem selfish or too time-consuming to focus on your own feelings, but one of the best ways to take care of your kid is to make sure you’re taking care of yourself too.

This week on childmind.org, we talk to our experts about the best ways to regulate your emotions and how to give your child the tools to manage their own. We offer ways to handle stressful situations, guidance for explaining coping behaviors to kids, and tips on how to know the difference between supporting and enabling your child. We also discuss how parents can protect their own mental health while caring for children with both mental and physical disabilities.

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