Helping Children Soothe Themselves

Two simple, hands-on ways to help children overwhelmed by big feelings.

Print these step-by-step directions for making two items (from everyday materials) that can help soothe a child overwhelmed by big feelings: a comfort container and an ocean bottle.  

It’s helpful to keep in mind that mental health isn’t necessarily about feeling “good” at all times—it’s can be about how we deal with challenges, and there are so many coping strategies like these that you can teach and practice with your children. They’ll use these tools over their lifetimes… long after the big and small challenges of their childhood have come and gone.