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Feelings Thermometer: A Helpful Tool for You and Your Child

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We often use the thermometer to understand one’s current physical health, but did you know that it could be applied as a tool to measure feelings as well? The Feelings Thermometer is a visual scaling and research-based tool that can help children to

  1. Build self-awareness
  2. Manage their feelings
  3. Develop perspectives

Using a Feelings Thermometer, children learn to identify what they are feeling, and understand the intensity of the feeling. It helps them to see when they are escalating and learn to use a coping skill to manage the feeling!

In support of the Race to Praise Campaign by Focus on The Family SG, we would like to encourage you to connect and affirm your child this Children’s Day! In our October school bulletin, we have distributed an activity sheet, which provides a meaningful opportunity for you child to discuss about emotions and how to manage small, medium or big emotions. 
 Research suggests that emotional intelligence is perhaps the most 
important factor in academic success, job performance and life success.

You may also visit their website to complete a short quiz www.family.org.sg/ParentsQuiz that will help you discover the strength of your emotional connectedness with your children.

If you are interested to learn more, please visit campaigns.family.org.sg/race-to-praise/ for more parenting resources and programmes.


Supporting Your Child

1. Transition Pri and Sec-page-001.jpgAs parents, you can help build a caring home environment to nurture the social and emotional skills of your child using these S.A.F.E tips (Support, Affirm, Familiarise and Empathy). We also encourage you to spend time chatting with your child using T.A.D. tips (Talk, Ask, Discuss).

Click on the links below if you would like to find out more. These are easy and helpful tips for any parent who would like to connect with your child in more ways than one!

Resources:








How To Help Your Child Relax?


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Is your child feeling stressed about the exams? In fact, some stress can be good too. Eustress is a positive form of stress that can be beneficial and help us grow and perform. Please click here to read more.


Try these tips and remind your child… “You can do it! Just take a deep breath and relax”
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Resource For Time Management


3..pngTinkle Friend is a familiar and safe avenue of help available for our children. It also teaches your child the important skill of time management!

With better time management, children will feel less stressed and more motivated. They will learn how to prioritise their work and tasks more efficiently on a daily basis.

Download Tinkle Friend’s July 2018 BUZZ issue where you will find many fun activities to do with your child while teaching the skill of time-management!









How To Help Your Child Beat Exam Stress?


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Psychologists have observed that often, academic-related anxieties and its ensuing effect on a child's life stem from parents who, consciously or not, offload it on their child.

Please click here to read some tips on how you can help your child cope with exam pressure!









Praise Your Child Today!


5. praise-infographic_final_28sep2016.jpgResearch shows that parent-child connectedness is one of the more effective ways of prevention against risky behavior in children. Affirming their strengths and positive qualities builds a safe environment at home for children to confide in you. It will also build resilience and nurture them for success. Please click here to read more.


Resources:



"3 Great Ways to Praise Your Kid." YouTube, uploaded by Focus on the Family Singapore, 19 September 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpYi02JXgqY&feature=youtu.be



What To Do If My Child Is Stressed?


font-2111748_1280.jpgThere can be times when exam and daily stresses/challenges may be too much for your child.

Parents should be on the lookout for early warning signs of stress in your child so that support can be rendered to help him/her cope better. Please click here to learn more.





Other Resources and Helplines

Tinkle Friend Helpline

For primary school children

Tel: 1800 2744 788

(Mon-Fri, 9.30am-11.30am & 2.30pm-5pm)

Tinkle Friend Online Chat

For primary school children

Website: www.tinklefriend.com

(Mon-Fri, 2.30pm-5.30pm & Wed, 6.30pm-8.30pm)

Samaritans of Singapore Helpline         

For anybody in crisis

Tel: 1800 221 4444 (24 hours)

Parent Line

For parents with parenting & childcare issues

Tel: 6289 8811 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Family Service Centre Hotline

Find your nearest counselling centre

Tel: 1800 838 0100 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Comcare

For information on ComCare Assistance

Tel: 1800 222 0000 (24 hours)