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  • Magdalyne Kanjejo

Helping Your Child Cope on Bad Days: Tips for Building Resilience!

We all have bad days from time to time, and kids are no exception. Whether they're dealing with a difficult test at school, a disagreement with a friend, or just feeling down for no particular reason, it's important to help your child cope with their feelings and build their sense of self-love. To support you and your child, we wanted to share an episode of Super Sema called “Just A Band”. This episode was inspired by one of our daughter’s struggles last year after she was labeled “bossy” by her friends during a group science project. We hope it can teach your kids to be kind to themselves during day-to-day struggles, how to communicate assertively and kindly, and how to be both a good leader and team player. In addition, we’ve put together a list of tips that have helped us support our kids on those inevitable bad days:

  • Validate their Feelings: It's important to let them know that it's okay to feel the way they do. This can help them feel understood and less alone in their struggles.

  • Be a Good Listener: Sometimes, all your child needs is someone to listen to them without judgment. Take the time to really listen and show them that you care about what they're going through.

  • Encourage Positive Self-Talk: It can be easy to fall into negative self-talk. Encourage positive self-talk by reminding them of their strengths and accomplishments.

  • Practice Self-Care Together: Practicing self-care can be a great way to cope with difficult emotions. Try doing a self-care activity together, such as going for a walk, doing a craft, or doing a relaxing meditation.

  • Model Self-Love: Kids learn a lot from watching their parents, so it's important to model self-love for them. Take care of yourself and speak kindly to yourself, so that your child can learn to do the same.

By helping your child cope on bad days and building their sense of self-love, you're giving them the tools they need to navigate life's challenges and thrive. Remember to be patient, understanding, and supportive, and to remind your child that they are loved and valued no matter what.

Ps. Are there any toddlers in your family? Make sure to watch our Bongalala Bedtime Routine Song! This one will help close a bad day and get them ready to make the next one super!

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