Your Child’s Mental Health

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Mental health is an important part of our overall health. It affects how we think and feel about ourselves and the world around us. Good mental health helps us have positive relationships with others, make good decisions, and cope with life’s challenges.

A mentally healthy child has a positive quality of life. He or she can develop friendships, learn new things, and do well in school. Sometimes children have mental health problems that affect how they feel, think, and behave. These need to be diagnosed and treated early on. If they are not, the child could have more serious problems later in life. These could include severe mental or emotional issues, substance abuse, or even suicide.

Path to improved well being

Helping your child develop good mental health is one of a parent’s most important jobs. This helps lay a foundation for your child’s well being that can continue into adulthood.

There are many things you can do to support your child’s mental health.

Build their confidence and self-esteem

Children with good self-esteem are happier. They are less likely to be swayed by peer pressure, and are able to make better decisions.

  • Praise them. Acknowledge their efforts, not just what they achieve. Offer them praise and encouragement.
  • Give them responsibilities. Assign your child age-appropriate chores around the house. They will know they are contributing and can feel good about doing a good job.
  • Spend time with them. Kids realize they are important when people make time to spend with them.

Teach them resiliency

Challenges are part of life. It can be hard to watch our children struggle or be hurt. But you can teach them how to make it through those times.

  • Help them cope with loss and change. Be honest and clear with them. Give…

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