Self-soothing techniques for kids

By Kate Kelly

All kids feel anxious or stressed sometimes, like when they’re getting ready for a big test. But kids who learn and think differently may feel stress more often or more intensely. Self-soothing techniques can help them relax and regain their sense of control. 

One way kids learn to self-soothe is by watching how the adults around them deal with stress. So the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, say something like, “I’ve got so much to do today. I need to take a minute to do my jumping jacks. Then I’ll feel better.” Ask kids to join you.

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    About the author

    About the author

    Kate Kelly has been writing and editing for more than 20 years, with a focus on parenting.

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    Elizabeth Harstad, MD, MPH is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital.