Helping Children Cope With Embarrassing Situations

Being embarrassed is just a part of life.But for kids, the experience can be especially traumatic and can result in a lifetime of negative memories and associations.Parents need to understand that they can’t protect their children from all embarrassment forever, and neither should they want to. But what they can do is to help make children more resilient so that, in the future, they’re able to deal with life’s challenges.

How can parents build confidence and resilience and help young children overcome embarrassment? Here are some ideas to get you started.


Show Your Kids How You Manage Embarrassment


Children learn the majority of their social cues through mimicry of their primary caregivers – that is, you. How you deal with embarrassing situations will determine how your children deal with them too. It’s a good idea, therefore, to look inwards at yourself and consider whether your reaction to embarrassing situations is healthy or not and whether it’s how you’d want your children to react.


Do you obsess over past events? If so, you could be modeling behavior that might cause children to ruminate over past events, creating anxiety.


Do you lose your cool? If you do, you could be portraying episodes of embarrassment as being much worse than they are in reality. Making them appear as a significant threat could cause children to react as if they were in real danger, upping their stress levels and making the experience more traumatic.


Find Discreet Ways To Deal With Embarrassing Problems


Children need to know that you take their emotions seriously. After all, to them, they’re very serious indeed. As a result, it’s a good idea to look for discreet solutions to embarrassing problems, wherever possible.


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Don’t Dwell On Embarrassing Situations


Sometimes, your children will come to you from a position of vulnerability. They’ll tell you something that they’re embarrassed about for you to validate and accept. In these situations, it’s a good idea to focus on the positives of the child’s actions, rather than dwell on the embarrassing content of what they did. Why? It all comes down to a metacognitive skill called “reframing.” Embarrassing situations usually arise out of a panic about how a child believes he or she is being perceived by others. This worry can sometimes escalate out of control. However, says that it’s possible for parents to help their children reframe negative experiences related to embarrassment and transform them into positive ones.

As with any emotional development, it’s a journey that requires a lot of practice. Children won’t know how to reframe their experiences immediately, and so they will need some experience and guidance along the way.



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