How To Help Your Child Be Kind To Themselves

Some children are naturally harder on themselves when they make a mistake, its something that will continue into adulthood and turn into a constant narrative of negative self-talk.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • We need to help them remember to be kinder to themselves⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • To allow themselves to make mistakes and learn from them in healthy ways⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • We need to make sure they’re not just being kind to their classmates and friends but to themselves ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • But with a little practice and guidance, they can switch how they speak to themselves:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Instead of: “I’m so rubbish at this” they could say “I want to get better at this.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Instead of “I’m stupid at maths” they could say “I want help to learn how to do this better.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
  • Instead of “I always get this wrong” they can say “I want to practice more so I can get better”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Gently correct how they speak to themselves, and get them to sense check after they say a negative comment about themselves 'would you say that to a friend? Ok don't say this to yourself as you are forgetting to be kind to yourself.