How to Help Kids & Teens Heal From a Broken Heart: 4 Tips for Parents & Caregivers by Gina McDowell
What’s a parent to do when their child or teen has a broken heart? For teens this might be a breakup, and for younger children this might be because someone doesn’t want to be their friend. Either way, this can be really tough for caregivers because the last thing we want to see are our children hurting.
Sometimes, parents or caregiver’s first response is to try and fix the problem, when in reality sometimes there’s nothing they can do to fix it. If you suspect your child might be suffering symptoms of a broken heart, here are some tips on what to do and not to do:
- Give them space. Let them talk when they are ready.
- Validate feelings. Let them know it is OK to be upset.
- Hold off on giving advice – unless it is asked for.
- Listen without distraction. Let your child know you care.
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