Nurturing Mental Health in Children
Through this column, I want to reach out to the parents’ community to lay emphasis on nurturing healthy mental health in children. Many parents understand the importance of healthy eating habits and their child’s physical health but they overlook the importance of nurturing a child’s mental health.
Parents can play a crucial role in supporting and encouraging a child’s good mental health .
Parents can nurture a child’s mental health by building a close relationship with them, by making them emotionally independent, encouraging social connections with friends and family, teaching healthy habits and instilling positive behaviour.
A good relationship with parents is one of the most important factors that contributes to nurturing mental health in children. Look for everyday opportunities to build closeness. This makes it easier for your child to come to you when they face a problem.
Don’t fear for facing failure in the first attempt, because even the successful maths, start with zero- quoted by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
Many parents often don’t want their children to experience heartache or failure. However, one should understand that failures are a part of success and key to building a child’s mental health. So let them taste the failures once in a while and just be on the side-lines to let them learn from it.
One of the most important ways parents can nurture their child’s mental health is to model healthy behavior. That includes being open about your feelings. It also means showing how you learnt from your own mistakes. When our children see that it’s okay to make a mistake, they learn not to hold onto their past mistakes.
Lastly, physical health also plays a critical role in our mental health. Parents should continue to encourage in their children: eating a healthy diet, being physically active, getting enough sleep.