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Remember the Acronym TIME

If your child tells you everything is fine but his or her behaviors suggest otherwise, here’s what you can do:

  • Remember the acronym TIME.
  • T stands for talk. Be available to have conversations with your child or to just listen.
  • I stands for instruction. Teach your child social skills or coping strategies to manage stress.
  • M stands for monitor. Keep an eye on what your child does and who your child is around.
  • E stands for encourage. Let your child know it’s okay to seek help or advice from you or another trusted adult, such as a family member or teacher.