Cultural Differences and Discrimination
How to cope when your child is affected by cross cultural issues, ...
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Kids may experience a lack of respect in their relationships at home or at school.
When kids aren’t feeling safe, supported and cared for they may show this through their behaviour and emotions.
A child who is feeling distressed or unsafe may experience:
Teaching your child the skills to be respectful helps them to value their needs as well as other's needs.
Try active listening by taking a moment to repeat back what you hear them say eg. "so what I heard you say is…"
Learn to be assertive and ask for what you want in a calm yet firm way without being passive or aggressive
Understanding and empathy – ask yourself what your child’s world is like right now. What might they be going through?
Conflict resolution – try to negotiate on the little things but at the same time identify the big issues that are non-negotiable
Decision making skills – avoid imposing solutions and encourage your child to think of options and consequences first
Be honest - this will encourage trust and acceptance in the relationship and avoid misunderstandings and potential conflict
Anger management – teach kids to stop, think and then speak their minds in a calm way
Problem solving skills – help your child name the problem and express their feelings in words so you can discuss it and find a solution together
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