My almost 8 year old fractured his tibia skiing and is looking at the next 5-6 weeks with a cast and crutches. He'll heal fine, but he's used to being active, independent, and being able to play and run around with friends often.
We've relaxed our screen-time rules, are playing lots of games with him, and are going out of our way to get him to spend time with friends, but he's still so sad and upset and generally grumpy and emotional. I know this is to be expected, I just feel so bad for him and would love some suggestions from those who may have been through something similar in helping him.
He has a habit of feeling sorry for himself sometimes, and a broken leg is not helping. He'll do things like say "no one wants to see me" or "it's all my fault I broke my leg" or "you think I'm stupid". It's horrible, and I honestly don't know why he has this kind of orientation. All I do is continually reassure him that it's not his fault, yes, his friends want to see him, etc. but then this just turns into a back and forth argument that goes nowhere. I'd be lying if I said I never got frustrated and just threw up my hands and gave up.
Help me help a sad kid, please :)