When you have a family, everything isn’t always plain sailing. There are a range of circumstances which can cause high levels of stress, and everyone reacts to this in different ways. In this blog post, we are going to look at a few of the most stressful situations that you can go through as a family and how you can better react to them for your kids. It may be that you are going through one of these now or you may want to be prepared for the future. Either way, here they are for you to look through.
You never know where financial problems could come from, but they can undoubtedly cause a great deal of strain. Depending on how old your kids are, they are likely to pick up on some of the signs that you are under pressure. Of course, they may not fully understand what is going on. If there is any difference to your standard of living, try to explain why this is happening and reassure them that you will look after them no matter what. When you spend family time together, try to make it low-cost or no-cost.
Issues with Partner/Separation
All relationships go through ups and downs, but you should try to keep these separate from your kids as much as possible unless the problems become very serious. In this case, you may need to seek mediation for families or other kinds of support. Express to your kids what is going on and invite them to ask as many questions as they need to. Explain to them that both you and your partner love them very much and what is happening is for all your happiness.
Moving to a New Home
Very young kids are less likely to react badly to a big move, but the older they get, the more this may become an issue. This situation can be both exciting and daunting in equal measures – particularly the thought of going to a new school, making new friends etc. Get your kids involved in some of the key decisions including what items they want to take with them, what colour they would like to paint their new room etc. Try to encourage an open conversation about feelings so you can address as many of their concerns directly as you can.
Toddlers are often greatly affected by the arrival of a new baby, but this can also be the case for older kids too. Try to ensure that you balance your family time in the best way possible. Of course, a lot more of your attention will be taken up by your new arrival, but you should be ready to discuss the frustrations that your older child is having.
Of course, there are a lot more individual circumstances that can affect your family, but these are just a few of the most common ones. Remember, as well as looking after your family, you also need to look after yourself as well.