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Coping Skills - Parent 2

Foundational

Parents

Your child is participating in classroom activities focused on learning to identify and use helpful coping strategies/skills. We have been discussing the difference between harmful, helpful and time-out coping skills/strategies.

Definition: Coping skills are needed to help us handle challenging life situations successfully. A coping skill is an action that you can take to lessen a stressful situation or react more positively.

We would love for you to keep the discussion going at home! Here a just a few ideas to help get the conversation started:

  • Helpful coping strategy: Allows you to regain emotional control. You feel better about yourself and you are respectful to yourself and others.
  • Harmful coping strategy: Does not allow for emotional control. You may be physically and verbally aggressive towards yourself, others, or property.
  • Time-out strategy: Allows you to calm down. It is temporary and should be used with a positive strategy.

Activity

Make a list of helpful coping strategies you can use at home, work, or with friends.