Speaking About Uncertainty With Children and Teens – Child Counseling Wooster, OH
Laurence Kendrick September 22, 2021
Child Counseling Wooster, OH
Help With an Adaptable Mindset
Life can throw us curveballs that feel unfair. In the case of childhood and adolescents, the truth can seem contradictory to what's expected and knock you off balance. When this happens, it's a great teaching moment. Have a conversation acknowledging the truth of the situation with empathy like, "I understand it's disappointing and hurts. I’m so sorry this happened to you" - essentially letting them know it happens and it's okay.
Strength Can Be Found In Weakness and Lead to Growth
Share the value that can come from gaining strength during times of uncertainty. This leads to continued growth and capability to thrive when under pressure and taking risks.
Uncomfortable Feelings Are Okay
An ideal of "feel good" feelings, all the time, and avoiding the "bad" feelings can make moving forward through uncertainty a struggle. It's important for children and teens to understand that uncomfortable feelings will happen and it's okay when they do.
If your child or teen is working through struggles with uncertainty, I can help.
Learn more about how to communicate to a child or teen about uncertainty.
Dr. Ann-Louise, Lockhart. “How to Talk to Children and Teens About Uncertainty” gottman.com, October 14, 2020, https://www.gottman.com/blog/how-to-talk-to-children-and-teens-about-uncertainty/
Laurence approaches counseling from a broad perspective of non-judgemental, solution-focused strategies that emphasize the individuals strengths and abilities for overcoming life’s trials, turning obstacles into opportunities for growth.
He enjoys working colaboratively within a family systems relational model to maximize success for individuals, couples, and families. Respecting your values, beliefs, and life experience, he looks forward to helping you re-imagine your life story to affirm that which is good, unique, and worthy of the peace and happiness you desire.