There’s no harder job than raising a child. Every parent can attest to that. During the day-to-day hustle and bustle of raising a family, parents try to tune into their children’s behaviors and health. Sometimes, though, it’s easy to forget about children's emotional health, which is just as important as their overall wellbeing. Emotional intelligence is developed at an early age, so teaching children the right way to deal with their emotions is imperative. Read on for a few tips on raising an emotionally healthy child...
Don’t trivialize your child's feelings
Children’s moods can change as frequently as their clothes, but that doesn't mean you should ignore their feelings or chalk it up to a developmental stage. It’s important as parents to learn to relate to your children and get to the root of the problem. Acting out can be a cry for attention. Sometimes children aren't able to fully understand the capacity of things they experience at a young age – like death, for example. Parents should be a guide, helping the child navigate their emotions and encouraging them to express themselves.
Set an example of emotional health
Monkey see, monkey do. It’s the same with children. They are sponges, absorbing the environment around them. They often pick up more than we may think, or notice. Leading by example is so important to show a child how to process their emotions in a healthy and positive way. This starts with your own emotional wellbeing. Take time to self-reflect and place an importance on your own mental health. It will do more harm than good if you're constantly worried about parenting when you aren’t taking care of yourself.
Know when to get professional health
Sometimes, your kids don't want to talk to you about things that are going on in their lives, and that's okay. The main thing is to always be willing to talk when they are ready. These things can take time, but it is crucial that if your child is displaying signs of extreme anxiety, stress, depression, etc., that they are given professional health. Speaking with a counselor can do wonders for a child, and in turn can help with a difficult parent-child relationship.
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