How to Help Your Child Who Struggles With Jealousy

Discover effective strategies for supporting your child's coping with jealousy. Learn valuable tips and guidance on how to help your child overcome feelings.

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Jealousy is a complex emotion, often surfacing in childhood. If your child struggles with jealousy, it's crucial to address this early.

This blog from Storybook App aims to help you effectively understand and manage your child's jealousy, fostering healthier emotional development.

Why do children get jealous? 

Jealousy in children often stems from perceived threats to their security or status. It could be triggered by a new sibling, a friend's accomplishment, or even a parent's attention to something else.

Understanding this is the first step towards managing your child's jealousy. You should always check for insecure and disrupted attachment.

Signs your child might be jealous

Jealous children may exhibit a variety of behaviors, from aggression and tantrums to withdrawal and sadness.

They may also become overly competitive or possessive. Recognizing these signs is vital in addressing the issue at hand.

Strategies to help your child deal with jealousy

Validate and acknowledge their feelings

Letting your child know it's okay to feel jealous sometimes is important. Acknowledge their feelings without judgment, showing them that you understand their emotions. You need to learn more about healthy child-parent attachment.

Encourage open communication

Promote a safe space for your child to express their feelings. You can help your child navigate their emotions and find healthier coping methods by encouraging open communication.

Build self-esteem and confidence

Help your child develop a strong sense of self. When children feel confident and secure in themselves, they are less likely to feel threatened by others and thus, less likely to experience intense jealousy and teach your child emotional intelligence.

Teach sharing and cooperation

Encouraging sharing and cooperation can help children develop essential conflict-resolution skills.

It's important to teach problem-solving strategies and provide choices for solutions, acknowledging and guiding them when they successfully resolve conflicts. 

Additionally, discussing boundaries around sharing can help children understand the importance of voluntary sharing and respecting each other's belongings. And always you can talking about conflict with your children without fear.

Set clear expectations and boundaries

Establishing clear expectations and boundaries is crucial in helping children navigate conflicts. Teaching children about healthy boundaries and respecting others' boundaries is essential.

This can contribute to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment, reducing conflicts and promoting cooperation. 

These strategies can play a significant role in helping children develop essential conflict-resolution skills and navigate their emotions effectively.

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Written By

Francisco Cornejo
CEO Storybook

Francisco Cornejo, a dynamic entrepreneur with a Masters in Communication from RMIT University in Australia, is the Co-Founder and CEO of Storybook. As a serial entrepreneur, he notably served as the Chief Marketing Officer at Honda Motors in Latin America, shaping the brand's regional presence. ‍ Passionate about family well-being and communication, Francisco leads Storybook in its mission to improve children's health globally, aiming to create positive impacts in both corporate and societal spheres.

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Lorena Koppel
Child Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Lorena Koppel is a distinguished Child Clinical Psychologist based in Azuay, Ecuador, with over 26 years of experience at Monte Sinaí Hospital. She specializes in treating emotional disorders in children and adolescents, providing family counseling, and integrating theoretical and practical approaches in clinical psychology.


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