Jealousy can be a difficult emotion to work through as it can often spark additional feelings including self-doubt, lack of self-worth, lack of belonging and loneliness.
It's hard sometimes as many kids (and adults too) feel ashamed or uncomfortable talking about these intense feelings. They may bottle these up, allowing their feelings to intensify, opposed to working on ways to process these emotions.
Therefore, it's really important for us to create a space where our children feel safe and comfortable to talk about any jealousy they might be feeling.
By using our WORKING THROUGH JEALOUSY worksheets, we're here to help you start a conversation with your child, which you can do together at home.
A great way to start is by sharing your feelings and experience's of jealousy. What happened in your situation? How did it make you feel? How did you react? Lastly, share how you worked through your feelings and/or what could you have done differently?
Ask your child to share a time they felt jealous. Ensure to validate their experience and feelings and ask them how they then worked through the situation. Ask if there was anything they would have done differently and possibly offer guidance to what they could try next time if they are unsure.
The key is reinforce that jealousy can at times be SO hard! Jealousy can trigger reactions and feelings we don't enjoy, so try to identify ways to how you can work through jealousy and to move forward in a positive way.
Make sure you check out the TOP TIPS in our worksheets...discuss each one and ask your child which one they may use next time they experience jealousy.
Remember, jealousy can be good for us also as it teaches us a lot about ourselves so this can be a great self awareness activity for you and your child.
Jealousy can highlight things we want to change in our own lives and can create motivation for us. Helping your child to see the positives of their jealousy can inspire them to grow and learn from their experiences.
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"Strength From Within" School Holiday Workshops
Held across June/July holidays for Girls 5 - 16 years and Boys 5 - 12 years
Presenting Standing Strong topics:
- Strength of Values
- Finding Your Voice
- What Is Comfort Zone