Now that we’re settling into 2017, it’s a great time to focus on creating a happier, healthier home for your child (and for you!). Read on for easy tips on improving mental wellness all year long.
Want your child to feel capable? Give sincere compliments. “You were so patient at the grocery store!” or “That homework was hard, but I’m proud of you for sticking with it.” Speak positive words and encourage your child to do the same.
Talk about feelings early and often. Point out body language. When kids learn to identify and express their emotions – and recognize emotions in others – it’s easier to work through challenges.
It’s not enough to know what NOT to do. Establish rules for expressing anger and teach appropriate coping skills, like breathing exercises, shaking a calm-down jar or even doing jumping jacks. Find what works!
When children are anxious or afraid, give them your full attention. Listen. Validate their feelings, and express your love and support. Then work together to brainstorm solutions.
It might not seem like it, but children really do copy us. So speak and model respect for others – including your child. Use good manners, and praise positive behavior when you see it.