It’s difficult for many of us to separate ourselves from our thoughts – they don’t have to be (and actually, are not) always meaningful. But when uncomfortable thoughts feel all-consuming, it’s hard to remember that they are just thoughts and not facts about who we are.
For kids, their go-to move is checking-in with parents. Seeking reassurance that they are not bad kids, or that they have done something bad. Or, confessing their bad thoughts to feel some relief. However, these strategies only perpetuate the worry cycle – they will likely feel relief in the short-term, but long-term they are giving power to these thoughts.
Check out this article for tips on ‘stuck thoughts’ and ways to help manage these for kids.