3 Tips for Supporting your Child's Mental Health Post-election

By Martha Rodriguez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Children are certainly struggling with the residual effects of the presidential election. During this time of uncertainty, it is important to support your child’s mental and emotional health.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Private Practice I have some practical tips to help support your child’s mental health post-election.



1. Listen to and validate feelings

  • Do not ignore the current uncertainty

  • Listen to and take time to explore your child emotions and concerns

  • Do not be afraid to not have the answers to difficult questions

2. Teach tolerance¹ acceptance, difference in opinions

  • Develop your role In talking with your children about race and racism

  • Allow the opportunity for a rigorous age appropriate conversation to occur

  • Discuss diversity, humility, and tolerance the value of these and provide examples of such

  • Explore empathy and acceptance²



3. Practice what you preach

  • Be self-aware³ about your own experiences with issues of race and racism

  • Watch your language, tone, body movements, and conversations

  • Children are always listening and watching so be mindful

  • Remember children will be affected by your responses and behavior

  • Practice self-awareness make sure to also listen to how you are feeling and validate those feelings

  • Look for help if you need it

Remember if you are not well, you cannot care for those around you. We must practice self-care and put the oxygen mask on first!


Resources

1 https://www.tolerance.org/sites/default/files/general/beyond_golden_rule.pdf

2 https://www.understood.org/en/friends-feelings/common-challenges/picking-up-on-social-cues/teaching-empathy-activities

3 https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/equityandinclusion/EPH/SelfAwareness/Individual/Pages/default.aspx

4 https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-self-awareness-2795023


Blog post by Martha Rodriguez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

University of South Florida Student Services Project, Social Work and Mental Health Consultant



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