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Teaching Your Child
Coping Skills

 

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  Self-Destructive Coping Skills
  Acting Out (Angry, impulsive or inappropriate behavior)
  Alcohol or drug abuse
Passive behavior (withdrawn, lethargic)
  Dramatic change in eating habits
  Dramatic change in sleeping habits
  Dramatic personality changes
  Mood Swings (from one extreme to the other)
  Extreme decline in school (over a short period of time)
  Inability to concentrate
  Loss of friends, fear of peers (making friends)
   
     
   

Clues to Suicidal Thoughts

    Excessive fear of change/separation (Grade School to Jr. High,
Jr. High to High School, High School to College)
    Helplessness
    Hopelessness
    Obsession with death (talking, thinking, writing)
    Definite plan (making a will, giving away possessions)
     
   

Healthy Coping Skills

   
It is our job as parents to teach our children healthy coping skills. Unfortunately, in order for our children to learn healthy coping skills, they must encounter negative situations ON THEIR OWN and learn how to deal with them.
     
   

What parents can do to help:

   
1.) Never solve a problem for them
   
2.) Ask them questions: What did YOU do? What did YOU do to create this situation?
   
3.) Help them know that THEY have control and only THEY can slove the problem by taking ACTION on their own behalf.
     
   

Healthy Coping Skills Are:

   
1.) Knowing that we control our lives.
   
2.) If we have conflict or failure, we can change the situation (There is no such thing as a mistake. If we learn something - it is a LESSON).
   
3.) If we can't get what we want, we can make a situation the best it can be.
   
4.) Sometimes we have to ACCEPT that a situation IS the best it can be.
   
5.) Accepting an unfortunate situation causes us pain because we don't want to lose something we want.
   
6.) Pain is temporary; IT PASSES WITH TIME.

 

THE 4 THINGS KIDS NEED MOST

WARNING SIGNS FOR TEENS AT RISK

A POWERFUL ANSWER FOR CHILDREN AT RISK

HOW TO TEACH PROBLEM SOLVING

 

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