Rejection is hard enough to deal with as an adult, but it can be even harder for children. What can we do to help our precious children deal with all the emotions that come with feeling rejected? There are ways you can help your child learn to put rejection into perspective and move past it. Here are some things you can do:
🔹 Not everyone will like you… and that’s ok. Teaching our children that rejection says nothing about them as a person is invaluable because they need to avoid labeling themselves based on superficial interactions. We should encourage our children not to give someone, (who probably doesn’t even know them that well), influence over their self-image.
🔹 Share stories about rejection and getting over it. Teach resilience. Help your child come up with a plan to move forward. Coping strategies will make your child stronger and more resilient when faced with setbacks in the future.
🔹 Surround your child with people that genuinely care about them. Children deal with rejection much better if they know that they are surrounded by people that genuinely love and care about them. It is important to place a team of caring individuals around our children to help support and encourage them.
🔹 Help a child understand their self-worth.
On a regular basis spend quality time with your children; taking every opportunity to tell them how unique, valuable, special and priceless they are and that there is no one else in the whole world exactly like them. THEY are important, even if someone else doesn’t see it.
Coach Benjamin Mizrahi. Educator. Learning Specialist. Family Coach. Father. Husband.
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