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Teaching Your Child Self-Care For Under $15

Parents do their best to meet as many needs as they can in order to promote healthy development for their children. But one aspect that parents often miss is how to teach their child effective self-care practices.

I’m Keri Sawyer, a child and adolescent therapist at Bloom Child Therapists, and in this video, I’m going to show parents a fun way to teach their child self-care for under $15.

But before I jump in, download the checklist by clicking the link below. It will give you everything you need to get started on a self-care kit.

5 Areas of Child Self-Care

Okay, the first step is understanding the five areas of self-care:

The first category is Physical self-care: This includes any activity that cares for our physical bodies.

The second category is Emotional self-care: This includes activities that help kids Name, challenge, accept, or express a wide range of emotions while not acting out towards others.

The third category is Spiritual self-care: Whether you are religious or not, this is the act of acknowledging and contemplating our spiritual side or our existence.

The fourth category is Intellectual self-care: This includes engaging in critical thinking and creativity.

The fifth category is Relational self-care: This includes activities that promote healthy interactions with family, peers and potential new friends.

Now that you understand the five areas of self-care, it’s time to pick out a box or bag that will fit all the new self-care tools that they can keep in their room or somewhere else in your home.

Okay, now you’re ready to go to the store. Let your child know they can choose two items related to each self-care category that they believe would help them when the need arises. If they ask you to decide for them or you feel the urge to direct their choices, pause, and then give them encouragement that you think their choice will be great.

Don’t forget to download the checklist to make sure you have items for each area of self-care.

If you want your child to learn to take care of themselves, print out the checklist and consider trying this fun activity to give them tangible tools for self-care. Instead of trying to meet all of your child’s needs, teach them how to take care of themselves and watch them develop and learn to take ownership over their health.

And if you need additional support, don’t hesitate to click the link below and schedule an appointment today!