Mental health affects the way people think, feel, and act. Taking care of our mental health is just as important as having a healthy body. Parents play an important role in supporting and encouraging their child’s mental health.
According to Dr. Westers (A Children’s Health Clinical Psychologist), parents can nurture a child’s mental health by building a close relationship with them, providing structure and boundaries, fostering independence, encouraging social connections, teaching healthy habits and modeling positive behavior.
Furthermore, you can promote good mental health by the things you say and do, and through the environment that you create at home.
Here are some tips that can help:
1. Fun, Physical And Non-Digital Family Activities
One common way for children to deal with negative emotions is through fun, non-digital interesting activities that match their interests and that involves the whole family. It is important that the child will not feel alone and isolated.
2. Treat Your Kids
Do you like feeling loved, appreciated and important? Surprise! Kids are the same way. Treating your children can be a great way to show they are important, such as an eat-out or a trip to a fun place.
3. Be Intentional And Consistent
Pay close attention to their verbal and non-verbal cues. When your child needs support or when they need to talk, do they feel they can talk to you? Setting boundaries, do’s/don’ts, and regular schedules build trust between a parent and child. Expectations should be clear and enforced.
Teacher Jai Valeza
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