Unless it is voluntary, being uncomfortable is just outright unpleasant. Fortunately for us adults, we are often able to resolve what is making us uncomfortable by ourselves, which is great, but for our children, it can be a little more difficult.
Whether that is because they are unsure why they are uncomfortable, are not able to use the appropriate words to express how they are feeling, or they are not able to yet communicate with you, it is important for you to keep a close eye on your children, so you are able to notice the signs if they are not feeling right.
This piece will offer you some tips on how to keep your children comfortable.
Check Their Clothing
Clothing is something almost everyone uses day in day out, and it can also make us break our mood. Whether it’s a rogue label that is sticking into our neck or side repeatedly and making our skin crawl, or whether it is irritating materials that our skin is desperate to get away from – there is not much worse than being stuck in an outfit that is making you extremely uncomfortable. Unfortunately, children can often face this as they might not be able to tell you what is making them restless. Allowing your children to have some input into their clothes can help with this. While a clear plastic skirt may be in a fashion, it might not be exactly what your six-year-old wants to wear, so why not let them choose from a suitable variety of clothes that can make them feel comfortable from a company such as Kidpik. They can try on clothes, and anything they do not like or does not feel comfortable, you can send back.
Observe Their Body Posture
Body posture gives a lot away when it comes to how someone is feeling, and for your children, it is no different. If they are hunched over, have their arms crossed, or are looking down, it could mean they are unhappy or nervous, as these are often signs that we are trying to protect ourselves, that we are not open and happy. If you find this happening often, then be sure to talk to them to make sure they are feeling ok. Other body indications can include excessive itching, pulling on clothes, intense facial expressions, or touching the same spot repeatedly. These are good indicators that something might be up.
Talk to Them About Their Feelings
Being uncomfortable emotionally is just as difficult as being uncomfortable physically – if not more so. Physical discomfort can often be easy to remedy, whereas emotional discomfort can be a little more difficult to spot, understand, and treat. Having an open dialogue with your children can really help them to feel more comfortable opening up to you without judgment and allow them to know that they have someone who supports and listens to them. You might not always like what you hear, but it will always be better than letting your child keep it inside to fester.