How to Keep Kids Mentally Healthy All Year Long
By Genevieve Cunningham
Kids. Once you have kids of your own, you finally understand the worry and stress that comes along with raising them. While the state of the world is one of the biggest worries, today’s world brings an additional concern … a child’s mental health. More and more youth are showing signs of mental distress, and parents everywhere are desperate to make their kids resilient and mentally strong. To get a headstart on mental wellness for your whole family, take a look at these simple tips.
Get Involved and Busy
Have you ever heard that old adage idle hands are the devil’s playground? This is true when it comes to keeping kids mentally healthy. When children don’t have anything to do, they’ll find something, and that something is not always good or healthy. If you want kids to feel good about themselves, give them opportunities for success by keeping them involved. Join a class, let them learn a hobby, or involve them in the community. The more involved, the less time there is for bad habits that can lead to poor mental health.
Kids need much more support than they let on. They may push you away time and again, but when they need you, they really need you. Do your best to be physically and emotionally available to your children. This doesn’t mean to be at their beck and call, but it does mean to be present whenever possible. The more available and responsive you can be, the better it is for your kids’ long-term well-being.
Encourage Good Friendships
A kid’s social life is one of the most influential aspects of who they are as a person. If you want to keep mentally healthy kids, get to know their friends. Keep away bad influences and encourage positive friendships as best you can. While you can’t dictate every friendship that your kid will make, you can encourage and gently nudge in the right direction. With some guidance, your children may be better equipped to navigate friendships for themselves and surround themselves with positive influences in the future.
Mental wellness is one of the most important aspects of overall health. And keeping your children mentally healthy is a task that needs constant attention. Use these tips to protect your children and to teach them healthy habits for a lifetime of physical and mental health and happiness.
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