How To Nurture a Childs Mental Health

How To Nurture a Childs Mental Health

Thankfully, we are living in a world where mental health issues are becoming less of a stigma, more people are opening up about their problems and seeking help. However, some people do not realise children face these mental health issues too and one of the worst things about it is that the children may not realise why they are feeling that way.

To help reduce the number of children suffering in silence, we've put together a list of easy things to nurture a child's mental health.

  1. Actively listen before offering advice
  2. Surround them with healthy adults
  3. Teach them how to be safe
  4. Use open-ended questions
  5. Model forgiveness
  6. Be present
  7. Be patient
  8. Have scheduled family time
  9. Respond calmly when their emotions are elevated
  10. Share your feelings and validate theirs
  11. Limit electronic time for everyone
  12. View their behaviour as a window to their needs and feelings
  13. Tell the truth
  14. Rech out and hug them
  15. Make play and exercise a requirement
  16. Model healthy behaviour
  17. Be consistent and follow through with what promise
  18. Believe them and in them
  19. Practise relaxation exercises together
  20. Recognise positive choices
  21. Set and respect boundaries
A child's mental health is just as important as an adult's and we need to ensure we do all we can to nurture it and help keep them healthy.
 
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