However, it’s just as important to protect children’s mental health, and to be able to detect any issues that could affect their wellbeing. The following tips can help boost your child’s mental health.
1. Teach Your Child to Express Emotions
We experience a range of emotions, yet children often don’t have the language for many feelings. Some children shut down when they experience a difficult emotion, such as anger or sadness, because they believe there’s something wrong with what they’re feeling, and, by extension, that they have done something wrong.
Discussing mental health with your child and teaching the names for different feelings and how to identify them helps them learn to express themselves.
2. Look Out for Negative Thinking
Children who frequently say negative things about themselves or others may be struggling with low self-esteem or other mental health issues, like depression. Try to discover the source for negative thinking, and enlist the help of a mental health professional.
3. Use Positive Reinforcement
Make a point of celebrating your child by complimenting them on their positive qualities, accomplishments or talents. This praise can help build a foundation of self-confidence in your child.
4. Try to Take a Kid’s Eye View of the World
Seeing the world from your child’s perspective can help you better understand what motivates them. By listening to your child and validating their experience, you promote their self-worth and help build a trusting bond with them.