Why do we refer to children as fragile? Surely all children are fragile until we build them up to be robust and resilient. Do you agree or disagree?
Naturally, some children are more fragile than others. These are children who are more sensitive and emotional. They could naturally be like this or an experience/experiences could have changed them to become fragile. There is nothing wrong with them being this way. We do, however, need to make sure that we interact with fragile children in the right way so that they can flourish and survive in the world:
8 Tips for Interacting With Fragile Children
- Be more careful about the words we use and how we say things. Sarcasm does not go down too well nor does joking with or ribbing children. The jokes may hurt the child.
- Support them and who they are. What do they need from us emotionally? Can we give it to them?
- Help them feel special, valued and important. Part of this is praising the child for what they did well.
- Encourage children to join in activities or do something willingly without force. It has to be their idea to join in. They will get very upset if they are forced to do something they don’t want to do.
- Try not to embarrass the child or make them centre of attention.
- Don’t mention to other people that ‘they are sensitive’. They don’t need a label.
- Teach them not to take everything to heart and help them understand why people say things and about different types of sense of humour.
- Build children up to see that they are great and have a lot to offer friends and other people. They may be more sensitive to words and actions of other people but that does not mean that they are not loved and appreciated.
We want our fragile child to be happy and the ideas above will certainly help them. Have you tried any other’s with success? I’d love to hear about them!