Six tips to help your child self soothe Dr. Munn Saechao, PsyD, LCSW, PPSC, online therapist and coach for professional women and child and adolescent therapist in Mountain View, CA.
We often expect teenagers to do more than they’re capable of. Research indicates that the prefrontal cortex is not fully formed until mid 20s, the area responsible for emotional regulation, self-control, planning, organizing, time management, and attention, to name several.⠀
When teens are experiencing a meltdown related to peer relationships or academics, our teens need us to help them calm down.⠀
There are many ways we can do this, such as 1) hugging them, which lowers their cortisol, releases oxytocin, and alters their nervous system to a calmer state, 2) providing a soft, warm look to show compassion, 3) listening to them, which acknowledges their experience and allows them to feel seen, 4) validating their feelings, which shows that you understand, 5) telling them that you’re there throughout the whole process, which shows that your love is unconditional, and 6) helping them to problem solve, which lets them know that their input matters, and they’re capable of tackling issues, a life long valuable lesson.⠀
Do you have ideas of how to soothe your teen while teaching them life long skills? I’d love to hear!⠀
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