Emotional Relationships | Helping Kids Relate to Others— Emotional relationships are a part of life, even for children. Indeed emotions are a major part of life for everyone and vital to building healthy relationships. It is a fact, however, that the pre-teen years are challenging for most kids when it comes to dealing with emotions, and especially dealing with emotional responses to others.
Emotional relationships can affect children in their personal, social and familial lives. If a child is dealing with emotional relationships say for example because of a sick grandparent or with a difficult friend (also knows as a frenemy), keeping a journal can help the child to work through the issues that he or she might be dealing with that are related to that relationship.
Journals can help kids to manage healthy relationships because sometimes a journal isn’t just a written document of how things went, what happened or how you feel, but rather a good journal can deal with more than that. Below are some tips to help children deal with difficult, challenging and emotional relationships through journal keeping. Read on to discover more!
Three Innovative Ways to Help Preteens Relate
Emotional Relationships Tip #1 — Picture It
A child who’s dealing with an emotional relationship might decide to include pictures in his journal. Likely these will be family photos of the ailing grandparent or the difficult friend. These photos taped or glued into the journal and then written about can help a child to synthesize his (or her) thoughts and give some clarity to what the child is thinking.
These photos don’t have to be perfect family photos. They might even be duplicates or throwaway family photos. The idea is to include them in the journal so they provide a visual framework for the words that are sure to accompany the photo pages in your child’s journal.
Emotional Relationships Tip #2 — Dream Big and Visualize
For some kids, creating collages, cutting pictures out of magazines and creating “thought bubbles” or cartoons are all excellent ways to deal with stress or difficult situations. If a child is dealing with an emotional relationship and wanting to journal about it, he or she might go through a magazine and cut out images that provide a visual of how the child would like their relationship to be.
These pictures can be glued or taped into the journal and give the child something to strive for if they want to improve the emotional or difficult relationship.
Children should be cautioned, however, that magazine depictions of family relationships can often be extremely fictional in look and feel. They should know that it’s unlikely they can truly replicate the look, but they can nonetheless strive for what appeals to them in the picture, such as smiles, relaxed demeanors, or spending time together.
Emotional Relationships Tip #3 – Get Musical
Another innovative way to help tweens deal with emotional relationships is with music.
A child might use part of his journal to include a list of songs to help him deal with the emotional situations he has a hard time dealing with in his emotional relationships. The list might be five songs that are ideal when he’s feeling down or wants to be brought up, or it might be a list that is continually added to as he hears songs that make him think about the relationship or that make him feel better.
There are many ways that a child can share his feelings and deal with difficulties – especially with emotional relationships – through a journal. Encourage your child to try it today!