Parenting Through Crisis

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Parenting Through Crisis
Death, illness, divorce, unemployment and debt - significant life events can have a tremendous impact on family life.
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Guilt and/or blame are never helpful and only make a tough situation worse for everyone in the family.
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First of all, stay calm. Practice deep breathing or whatever calming behavior works for you. You'll make better decisions - and remember, yo…
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Don't personalize your kids' behavior. Many parents think their child's behavior is a reflection of their parenting, when it's usually a man…
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Perhaps the most important thing you can do is listen to your kid. Keep the lines of communication open. If they say, "I don't know," pick u…
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Sometimes kids will keep quiet if they're afraid of upsetting their parents. Make sure your children know that you always want to hear what …
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Be truthful. Even very young children can sense when something's going wrong. Feeling out of the loop can lead to anxiety and/or behavioral …
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Explain what's happening in terms you think your child can understand; be direct. Create an open dialogue for problem-solving and treat your…
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It's important to maintain an optimistic view of the future for yourself and your family. Your kids need a feeling of consistency and stabil…
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Stick to a regular schedule, making sure to have family time, one-on-one time with your children and quality time for self-care.
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If you're having trouble making it through the day, give it some structure. Divide the day into thirds, prioritize necessary tasks and think…
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Leaving problems unsolved is only going to make them worse. Make a list, prioritize tasks in order of urgency, write down possible solutions…
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Even if you don't think so, there is a support system out there for you. If you need help, don't be afraid to ask for it. You may not find a…
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It's important to make sure your child understands he or she is not to blame for your crisis situation, and things will get better. This too…
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Make sure your child knows that they are loved and safe. A hug and the words "I love you" go a long way.