> Skip to content

Article  •  18 July 2022

 

5 tips for helping your child embrace discomfort

Help your kid accept tough times with this advice from Embrace Kids.

Embracing our true selves can be tricky. While it’s tough to do as an adult, it can be an extremely difficult feat for children.

To help arm parents with the tools they need to instil self-love in their kids, Taryn Brumfitt and Dr Zali Yager joined forces to write Embrace Kids. Coinciding with a documentary of the same name, the book explores what it takes for kids to embrace themselves and how we – as adults – can help.

While it might sound counterintuitive, one of the best ways to instil self-acceptance in your children is to help them embrace discomfort. By learning to sit with hard feelings, kids can develop resilience and learn to accept that life is tough sometimes.

To learn more about the importance of embracing discomfort and get some expert advice on how to encourage your kids to do it, read on.

Why Discomfort is important

It’s hard to see your kid unhappy. In fact, most parents go to great lengths to help get their children out of distress. However, learning to deal with the ups and downs is an extremely important part of embracing oneself.

Today, with more instant gratification than ever before, it’s easy for children and teens to avoid discomfort. Affirmation from peers is only one social media post away, but by constantly chasing approval in the form of ‘likes’, the discomfort gets pushed deep down without ever being acknowledged.

While it’s not fun to face discomfort, learning how to persevere can teach children that they are strong enough to learn from it. Embracing discomfort allows children to understand that all feelings (even bad ones) are normal, tolerable, and temporary. Not only will this understanding better help them cope with their emotions, but it can also teach them that life is complicated – and that’s okay.

Teaching kids to embrace discomfort

Not sure how to teach your kids to embrace discomfort? School psychologist, Dr Forbes, lays it out in Embrace Kids.  

  1. Explain to young people that learning, confidence and resilience can grow when they accept that it’s okay to make mistakes.
  2. Negative feelings don’t feel good, but they are normal, and they are okay. They will pass.
  3. Sit with distress: by fixing it, removing it or rescuing our kids, they don’t learn.
  4. Encourage young people to tolerate these feelings, and reassure them that they will come back from them.
  5. Help kids to problem solve in terms of what they might need to do to manage this feeling. It might be physical activity, it might be talking to somebody, it might be distraction, or a mindfulness meditation. Ask them ‘What do you think you need right now?’

More about Embrace Kids

If you found this advice helpful, you might want to check out Embrace Kids. 

Packed with helpful advice and anecdotes, the book helps adults embrace themselves while encouraging their children to do the same. The book covers a slew of important topics including body image, feelings, media, mood and so much more.

 

The book will be published on 2 August 2022, but you can pre-order it now to secure your copy ahead of time.


Embrace Kids Taryn Brumfitt, Zali Yager

The essential body image handbook for parents of children and teens by powerhouse change-maker and body positivity activist Taryn Brumfitt and Dr Zali Yager.

Buy now
Buy now

More features

See all
Article
Ready to change your life? This audiobook is the perfect place to start

10 reasons to listen to Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by Dr Julie Smith.

Article
Time Wise shares 5 secrets of highly-effective people

Wondering what makes a person highly effective? These 5 secrets from Time Wise will give you some insight.

Article
A doctor shares the key things you should know about histamine intolerance

What are the symptoms of a histamine intolerance? What even is a histamine intolerance? And how do you get rid of one? Dr Will Bulsiewicz breaks it down in The Fibre Fuelled Cookbook.

Article
The easy breathing technique that will help reduce your anxiety

These five easy steps will teach you how to do square breathing for anxiety. Using this simple mindfulness tool can help lower your heart rate and curb anxious thoughts the moment they arise.

Article
Find out the very best time to work, based on your chronotype

An easy tip from Time Wise to help maximise your productivity.

Article
9 stars who are said to practice The Wim Hof Method

See Wim Hof's list of famous fans and try a breathing exercise from his book.

Article
4 reasons why Atlas of The Heart is taking the world by storm

Everything you need to know about the book, the audiobook, and the TV series.

Article
The Glucose Goddess’ number one trick for dessert without the sugar crash

If you love dessert but hate the sugar crash that follows, this trick is for you. Jessie Inchauspé – AKA The Glucose Goddess – shares her top tip for enjoying sweets, so you can have your cake and eat it too!

Article
Tap into your inner knowing with this super easy exercise

Have a big decision to make? Don’t know which direction to go in your life? Now might be the perfect opportunity to tap in to your inner knowing.

Article
5 key ways to re-establish control of your body and mind after trauma

Bessel Van der Kolk provides some key guidance on how to reclaim your life after trauma in his insightful book, The Body Keeps the Score.

Book clubs
Atlas of the Heart book club questions

Atlas of the Heart should be your next book club pick. A guide to mapping meaningful connection, this book is compelling, enlightening and ripe with discussion points.

News
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse: The Animated Story announced

'I made a film with some friends about a boy, a mole, a fox and a horse – their journey together and the boy’s search for home. I hope this book gives you courage and makes you feel loved.' Love Charlie x

Looking for more articles?

See all articles