With schools currently closed due to the global Coronavirus pandemic, there is a very good chance that you are spending a significantly larger amount of time with your children at home than you usually do. If you are hoping to use this homebound period as an opportunity to connect more with your child or children, here are a few ways to focus on your relationship:
Validate Your Child’s Feelings
Try not to force your child to have a positive attitude about having to stay home. Letting your child grieve or feel sad is okay during this time of upheaval. Both your moods and your child’s moods are likely to ebb and flow during this time. If you need more pointers in this area, consulting a child therapist near Boca Raton is wise.
Managing expectations refers to communication with your child that occurs prior to an event or situation so that the child knows what he/she can expect to experience. If you have participated in teen counseling in Boca Raton, you may have heard that it is helpful to communicate with your child or teen ahead of time (perhaps at the start of each day). This tends to prevent frustration for both you and your child.
Use This Time to Connect
Set aside a block of time each day to talk or complete an activity with just you and your child. This is a great opportunity to hear what your child is thinking about and what your child is worrying about during this pandemic. If you feel the need to get some tips for how to talk with your child about this crisis, consult an anxiety therapist in Boca Raton for additional help.
Counseling in Boca Raton
Counseling and therapy can be an energizing force for your relationship with your child. A therapist can help you gain perspective regarding your current parent-child relationship and take mindful steps toward improving it. The Heart Connection Center in Boca Raton has highly trained counselors to provide you with the coping skills appropriate to your relationships, whether your concerns are related to a short-term crisis or an ongoing situation. Teletherapy via Zoom and/or phone sessions are provided during this time for your comfort, health and safety. If you would like to schedule an appointment,
please call 561-203-9280.