The Ivymount Mental Health Department stresses the importance of validating childrens' feelings, particularly during this difficult time. Validation is something we all crave and our students can especially feel like they are not understood, even by those who care for and love them the most. Validating your child’s feelings can be very effective in helping them to better understand their own array of emotions, feel better understood, and decrease problematic behavior in some instances. It also allows you to model patience and empathy for them during a difficult situation.
for a list of steps parents can take to show your child that you are willing to take the time to understand what s/he is feeling in a non-judgmental way.