We all have bad days!

This is a normal part of life but when a child is having a bad day it can be very frustrating for everyone! As parents we want to help and we might find ourselves quickly trying to solve their problems for them. This however does not allow them to learn and grow from their experiences. Rather than solve the problem, try doing one of the following activities to help them calm down so they can better find solutions to help them turn their frown upside down.

ENJOY STORY TIME

Read a book together. Let your child select the story and help get their mind off of what is troubling them. 

LISTEN TO THEM

Allow your child to talk about what is bothering them. Let them know it’s okay to be upset. Pay attention to what they are saying, and reassure them they are being heard.

TAKE A BATH

Spending time in a bathtub is sure to relax a grumpy child. Add some bubbles and bath toys, and your little one will be giggling before you know it.  

GET SOME FRESH AIR

Step outside and get some fresh air together. Go on a nature walk, play at the park or lay in the grass together. Nature has a calming effect that helps on even the worst of days.

GIVE A HUG

Hugs make everything better. 

PLAY GAMES TOGETHER

Find your child’s favorite game and play! Games always bring out the smiles.

COLOR TOGETHER

Take out the Crayons and coloring books and color together. It’s very therapeutic and relaxing.

DANCE THE GLOOMS AWAY

Turn on the music and have a dance party in your living room. 

PLAY MUSIC

The right music can quickly flip a bad mood into a good mood. Never underestimate the power of music in helping cheer your child up.

PLAY DRESS UPS

Creative play allows kids to express their emotions openly. Next time your child is role playing, pay attention to what they are doing and saying. You might get some clues as to what is bothering them and making them have such a bad day. 

BAKE A TREAT

Kids love to cook especially when it’s a fun treat. Make a batch of cookies to take to a friend.

Did you know that smiling can make make everyone in the room feel better? This is because when they see your smile, they smile with you, whether they know it or not. Growing evidence shows that “an instinct for facial mimicry allows us to empathize with and even experience other people's feelings.”  A Review of this emotional mirroring appears in Trends in Cognitive Sciences. We as parents can have bad days too and that's okay, we're all human. Though the next time you are having a bad day try some of these little tricks and you might be surprised that they turn your frown upside down too!