TOOLS FOR FAMILIES
In this toolbox, you can choose from different activities to reduce stress with children. Since we all experience stress and wellbeing in our own individual ways, it can be helpful to experiment with the different options and see what works best for you and your family.
Each tool has a symbol showing how much time you will need for it. The toolbox symbols show what you can use it for.
Adapting to this new situation is full of potential challenges, as parents, couples and children! These tips are meant to help prevent stress and give children a sense of security.
Take some time to share your thoughts about what makes your family resilient!
This activity can help you remember all of the big and small things that give you strength. You can do it alone, or with family and friends. It can be surprising how many things we’re able to come up with when we take time to think about it!
Sometimes children can’t find words for their anger or anxiety. This is also true for us adults! Children often express anxiety with behavior that can test the limits of any mother or father. What to do? Here are some playful activities!
What we are all going through can make anyone feel insecure, both children and parents. Some people are afraid. Lots of people feel stressed. Luckily, there are things we can do to help.
Can you remember comforting someone who was feeling sad, anxious or distressed? And can you remember how you felt afterwards?
Sheltering in place can be quite a stress test for any family…
In times of crisis, our bodies and minds are often on the alert for potential threats. This is why it takes extra effort to pay attention to things beyond what we are worried, anxious or angry about. This extra effort is worthwhile!
When children are stressed out, they’re much more open for helpful activities than for long explanations. Try these games and see how they work!