9 Tips To Help Your Child Have A Healthy Mental Well-Being
Updated: Oct 16
As parents, we all want our children to grow up healthy, both physically and mentally. While physical health is important, mental well-being should never be overlooked.
What can we do to make sure our children have good mental health? Regular exercise and eating right can help with your child’s physical health. Telling them they are doing a good job, asking them for help when needed and promoting independence can help to boost their mental well-being.
Here are some parenting tips to help your child’s mental well-being.
1. Spend time together
Spending time with your kid makes them feel important. Doing something fun together like watching a movie or playing games will make your kid happy.
2. Keep an attentive ear
Listen to your child and talk about what is happening in their lives. Even children who seem fine may need support.
3. Remember to praise them
Children are not often praised when they do good things, like being on time. This can make them believe they never have any reason to be positive.
Do praise your child when they do something nice. They do not have to be big things. It makes them feel good and helps their self-esteem.
4. Discipline your child (but do it appropriately)
Avoid using words during disciplining that your child may not understand, or can misconstrue.
Make your child aware of the impact of their behaviour by explaining why it’s wrong. Remind them that you love them, but do not agree with what they do.
5. Have realistic expectations
Praise them and discuss how they can improve their performance. Compliment them for their efforts rather than making them feel like they are a failure when their performance does not reach your expectations.
6. Train your child to have a positive attitude
Training children to be optimistic and having a positive attitude helps them get past setbacks, and maintain motivation.
Encourage your child to explore their interests, and help them understand that different people are good at different things.
Praise them when they complete difficult tasks by themselves. Encourage them to have a positive outlook in life. If they face roadblocks, help them explore their options with you.
7. Support your child in creating new friendships
Offer to meet your child’s friends by inviting them to your house, or to get involved in their activities.
8. Help your child to relax
Help your child maintain a positive attitude towards life. Help them take their mind off their problems. Have them do something enjoyable, like playing outside with friends or listening to music. You can also teach your child to relax by using mental imagery, like a day at the beach or playing with friends.
9. Be a good role model
Kids grow up watching (and learning) from their parents. Watching how their parents manage stress teaches kids how to deal with stress themselves. Thus, it is important that as a parent, you set a good example when dealing with stressful situations.
We hope these parenting tips will help you raise strong and healthy kids, both physically and mentally. If your child is physically and mentally strong, they can concentrate and do better in school. At the same time, they will also be able face challenges in life with a stronger mental fortitude.
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One of the coolest things about Acekids is that you don't have to be physically together. In order for you to keep track of how your child answers the daily Maths questions, you can download the app on two devices, one for you and one for your child. Once you have downloaded the app, you can link up the apps on each separate device so that you can view your child's answers.
When your child gets the question correct, have him or her teach you (you can purposely answer incorrectly). I find it to be a great confidence booster for the child.
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