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The Power of the Debrief

05-Feb-2016

We Dads can often get the discussion on track by asking how they would rate their day out of 10.

With the new term beginning and your children heading out into the wider world, parents can wonder what their children may face from peers, bullies or just general anxieties.

Experts tell us that children can handle all sorts of trauma if there is a loving adult who listens and reinterprets what happened through a loving adults mature eyes.

Just listening and nodding so your child knows you are taking them seriously may be enough.

Ask what the best thing was today, what the worst thing was and then what they might do to help if a tough thing happens again.

Make sure you affirm what happened wasn’t about their value or worth. “It may be about another kid having a bad day and taking it out on you.”

Finish with a prayer of reassurance of God’s love and presence with them.

We Dads can often get the discussion on track by asking them they would rate their day out of 10.
You may be amazed what they tell you if you don’t cut the conversation short.