‘Worry’ doesn’t always look the same. Behaviours can include:
- Clinginess and/or upset (wearing the emotion honestly)
- Aggression or bossiness (trying to find some control)
- Avoidance, disengagement or defiance (trying to escape)
- Questioning or attention seeking (attempts to find distraction or comfort).
In the moment
Gently reassure tamariki (but not too much) and either distract them with a task, or ask them to work through some Tummy Breathing.
Keep normalising emotions
Normalising worries can be hugely helpful because sometimes tamariki don't want us to know they're struggling, and hide how they're feeling. It can help for kids to know that having worries is totally normal, and can serve a purpose.
Help kids understand worries
Understanding the important purposes worries served for us in the past (and can continue to serve today!) can help kids understand and work through them. Check out Worries 101.
Practice techniques for managing worries
Help tamariki learn techniques for working through worries, with our managing emotions activities. We also love these printable breathing exercises which allow tamariki to choose the technique that suits them best.