Learning to nurture your child’s mental health development can be quite challenging, with that in mind this article will guide you through those challenging steps.
Parental guidance is essential for every parent. However, it can be very difficult to balance between being a good parent and managing your kids’ mental health development.
With the right support, it is absolutely possible to be both a good parent and a great one at the same time. Here are some tips that could help you do just that. Read More…
It’s true! From the moment we’re born until our third year of life, our brains produce more than one million new neural connections per minute.
This amazing fact helps explain why children learn so quickly and easily. During these years, they experience everything from their first steps to their first words.
Their experiences during this critical time in their lives help shape the structure of their brains and give them the tools they need to develop into healthy adults.
However, the character of those developmental processes is greatly affected by a child’s early environmental conditions and first caregivers.
Early exposures to traumatic events and toxicants may be especially harmful to the maturing process. Therefore, we suggest adopting these simple methods for caring for and supporting our kids in a positive way:
37 Tips to Help You Nurture Your Child’s Mental Health
1 – Create psychologically and physically safe and friendly environments.
2 – Take time to be there for your child and express care and love.
3 – Show your child that you’re proud of her/him by telling him/her so.
4 – Educate yourself about mental health programs.
5 – If your child needs help dealing with stress, teach him/her some basic ways to relax.
6 – Encourage your children to talk to you and each other.
7 – Encourage them to be active and enjoy sports.
8 – Patience: Don’t push your child too hard.
9 – Look for any in behavior.
10 – Show regular support to them, encourage and praise them often.
11 – Don’t feel ashamed to ask for help from professionals.
12 – Help your children learn effective ways to deal with problems.
13 – Help your child to manage their emotions by giving them some downtime to rest.
14 – Know to read how your children feel.
15 – Make sure you pay close attention to what your child has something to say.
16 – Have an awareness of the signs and symptoms of childhood illnesses.
17 – Provide a positive environment where your children can thrive.
18 – Be actively listening before giving your opinion.
19 – Surround yourselves with healthy people.
20 – Teach them how to stay safe.
21 – Use open-ended questions.
22 – Model Forgiveness.
23 – Be Present for him/her.
24 – Have Scheduled family time.
25 – Spend quality time with your children doing something they enjoy.
26 – Respond calmly even if they’re angry or upset.
27 – Use Positive language.
28 – Let them know how you feel and let them tell you how they feel.
29 – Limit electronic time for everyone.
30 – Look at their behavior as a window into their feelings.
31 – Do not tell lies and don’t teach them to do so.
32 – Ask for their help.
33 – Model healthy behavior.
34 – Consistency is key. Follow through with what you promised.
35 – Practice relaxation exercises together.
36 – Recognize positive choices.
37 – Set and respect boundaries.
You’re going to be called upon for your kid’s emotional needs! So, it’s time to start investing in them now!
Mental well-being is an important part of children’s overall physical and emotional well-being. By strengthening and managing children’s mental well-being, we are helping them to succeed at school, with friends, and in life.
If you’d like to know more about children’s health, please visit our Mental Health section.