11 May, 2022

How can children deal with turbulent times?

We all face turbulent times throughout our lives and we don’t innately know how to respond to them.

One of the key messages that we need to give children about dealing with these difficulties is that however they are feeling: that their feelings are valid. When something bad happens, it is normal and healthy to feel sad or angry about it. We also need to recognise the importance of feeling calm. When young brains are developing, the pathways that get strengthened are the ones that are used the most. If young people practice feeling calm then this is what their brains will get good at. In school we support this approach by regularly encouraging students to practice mindfulness.

Alexandra Hands

Deputy Head Pastoral