INFOGRAPHIC: What to say instead of “Don’t worry” to calm your child?

In recent weeks, care has become a common roommate in the homes of many of us. Often concerned with “adult” care, we often need a reminder that children care about them as equally difficult and important, even when they do not feel like it. Parental support for children in coping with great emotions is now more important than ever, even for older children and adolescents. In order to reduce the burden of care to the people we love, “Don’t worry” is a sentence that often comes first to our minds. However, experience tells us that these words have rarely been calmed down in our lives – indeed, sometimes we may feel as if they are not understood today.

What brought us calm was the soothing voice they uttered, hugging or sharing our concerns with loved ones. Therefore, we come up with some ideas to tell children when they care, to support them in expressing their feelings and to make it easier for them to deal with the concerns and anxieties that surround us. We have prepared them as infographics, which you can print and keep as a reminder in a visible place.


Authors: Tea Brezinšćak, MSc of psychology and Krešimir Prijatelj, MSc. psychology

Disclaimer: This is unofficial translation provided for information purposes. Zagreb Child and Youth Protection Center cannot be held legally responsible for any translation inaccuracy. 

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