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Five ways to Validation

CHAC has had a long association with Parenting Ideas; an online community connecting parents and educators with expert child development knowledge. Their aim is to help people successfully raise confident, happy and resilient kids. Over the course of nearly twenty years, they’ve become one of Australia’s most trusted sources of parenting education and support.

I regularly share articles and information with CHAC parents that I believe offer helpful advice, tips and explanations associated with raising children of all ages.

This week's recommended reading is an article by well-being speaker and writer, Dr Jodi Richardson, which suggests that there are five ways to show our children that we understand and care about how they are feeling when they are upset or distressed. 

Every day, we send messages to our kids that shape their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Equally, our kids are
sending us messages about their thoughts and feelings through their behaviour, particularly when they’re feeling
distressed

The articles suggests we can offer validation by:

  • Using ‘ahh’ and ‘oh’ statements and keep it brief
  • Building a more nuanced emotional vocabulary
  • Showing some emotion
  • Reminding children that thoughts are not facts
  • Sitting with them

Please click here to read the full article.

Dave Pavish
Assistant Principal