Ways to Nurture Your Child's Mental Health
Parenting in a world that seems so scary can make you feel helpless when it comes to the mental health and well-being of your child. The reality is, your child's mental health is more important than ever, and as a parent you have more power than you realize when it comes to your child's mental health. Doing things to nurture you child's mental health during this challenging time is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. Keep in mind, good mental health isn't about being happy of the time (of course, who doesn't want a happy child---happy child, happy parent, right?). It's actually allowing your child to experience uncomfortable feelings and cope with those feelings in a healthy way. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them. The environment you provide for your child each day holds many opportunities for nourishing good mental health both now and into adulthood.
Check out this video that explains why nurturing your child's health is important and ways you can create a home environment that promotes positive mental health.
Self-esteem is a key component to positive mental health. Check out this video on ways parents can help create a home environment that builds self-esteem.
Here are 11 ways to support your child's mental health right now during a pandemic:
Take care of your own emotions.
Dig deeper to see what emotions may be underlying your child's behavior
Invite your child's emotion in by doing a daily emotions check-in
Keep them moving.
Monitor the media.
Get them outside-sunshine is good for the soul!
Listen more than you talk.
Share only age-appropriate facts to what is going on in the world.
Provide a sense of safety and calm at home.
Allow plenty of time for your child to play.
Promote socialization even when practicing social distancing.
Source: Parents With Confidence
Check out this link for 100 Everyday Ways to Nurture Your Child's Mental Health.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Tell your child what you love about them
Apologize to them when you mess up (that can be so hard, right?)
Make time for daily connection
Light up when you seem them
Email me with your favorites! I'd love to hear from you.
Check out these info graphics for more ideas!
If you have any questions or concerns about your child's mental health, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, Leah Molloy, at L.firstname.lastname@example.org