10 Ways to Help Your Children Cope with a Difficult Day

Is your child having a bad or emotionally difficult day? No matter what activity you choose to help your children turn their day around, make sure that you always encourage them to share and work through their emotions in a healthy way. Teach them to trust you, listen to them with patience, and show them  love through the hard times. Help them understand that bottling up their feelings is never the answer. Reassure your children that you’ll always be there for them no matter what!

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1) Get outside

One of the best ways to turn around a bad day is to get outside and get some fresh air! Most communities have many free outdoor events or farmers markets that you can attend to create new positive memories with your children.

2) Get moving

If your child has a favorite sport or activity, take them to the park to go play. You can also change it up and go to a new park or teach them a new sport or activity. If you don’t have a lot of time in your day, even just a walk around the block or in a new neighborhood will change up the mood.

3) Indoor spa day

Set up a relaxing spa day at home! Make some homemade DIY masks, put on calming music, and sip some lemonade. Your daughter is sure to enjoy activities like shoulder massages or painting nails too..

4) Coloring activities

Break out the markers, crayons, or watercolors and get creative! Let your children color whatever their heart desires. You could also lead them through prompts that might help them talk through and illustrate their emotions. Teach your children that it’s okay to talk about their frustrations or hard days by using interactive play! A great example of this can be seen in our new activity book (hyperlink here) that we created to provide talking points about divorce and new blended family situations.


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5) Visit the library or bookstore

Go to your local library and get your children a library card if they don’t already have one! You could also visit your favorite local bookstore. Read books in the store, check out a new book, or buy one to take home. Bring out the book they chose whenever they are having a bad day and remind them that everything is going to be okay!


6) Arts & Crafts

Being creative can help brighten any child’s mood. Check out Pinterest or Google for some new arts and crafts projects that are good for every season and pick one for your kids. Some fun projects include making slime, DIY lava lamps, no sewing blankets or scarfs, etc. There are so many options out there; the sky’s the limit!

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7) Cook a new recipe or bake some cookies

Whip out an old cookbook or find a new recipe online! Wear fun aprons, set up workstations, and give your child a specific job. Allow your children to get dirty and really enjoy the moment!


8) Build an indoor fort and have an at home movie night

Bring the cinema to the comforts of your own home. Build a simple indoor fort together with sheets, make a comfy bed with all the pillows in the house, and let your children pick their favorite movies and snacks for the big occasion!


9) Turn on some music and have a dance party

Blast some of your children’s favorite tunes and break out the moves! Sometimes all you need is a solid dance break to liven up the mood and bring a smile to your child’s face.

10) Make a gratitude list

Help your children realize that there is always sunshine despite the troubles and there’s always light at the end of the tunnel by helping them to create a gratitude list! If they are older and can write on their own, provide them with fun colorful markers or crayons and ask them to list 5-10 things they are thankful for, that they love, or that make them happy. Do this activity alongside your child and make your own to lead the way!

India Gill