Reading and wellbeing
If your child is facing a particular problem, reading a book that covers the subject could help them:
- Make sense of what they are going through
- Feel less alone
- Forget about stress and worry
- Learn to understand other points of view.
Other ways to help
- Visit your local library. It's free and a good place to search for books that cover a wide range of issues
- Listening to audio books can help your child enjoy stories and gain the benefits of reading a book
- Picture books can be a great way of talking about difficult topics with children, including older siblings
- Read a funny book together to make your child laugh and feel happier
- Rad before bedtime to switch off from the day
Writing and wellbeing
If your child has been through a distressing event, writing about the experience can be beneficial in helping them to process the incident.
- Creative writing can help a child relax and improve their mood and improve their concentration., attention and imagination
- Writing about happy events can be a good way for your child to preserve their happy memories, as well as being fun!
Good to know:
If your child’s wellbeing is suffering you can talk to your GP, or visit the Place2Be website for a list of organisations that provide support for parents.