National Child Mental Health Week is February 5-11. This week is very important for parents to be aware of their child’s mental health and emotional well being. On average, 8 out of 10 children have low self-esteem. This week helps parents to remind their children about their unique qualities and strengths in themselves and others.
When children are reminded to have a positive view of themselves, they are better equipped to cope with life’s challenges and can make better connections with others throughout life. Encourage your children to understand the importance of being positive and to remember to be themselves.
Learn more about your child’s personality and help them feel confident by remembering things they like. Ask your child to tell you things they like about themselves. It might be that you are kind and help your friends, you like to make people laugh or maybe you keep trying even if you find something difficult. We all have different things that make us feel good and are who we are.
If your child notices something that makes their friend or classmate unique, let them know that It can feel really nice when you receive a compliment and it can also feel pretty great giving one too! Next time your child is a part of a group, think about how you might all be different – remind them that we are all similar in lots of ways, but that we are also interested in and good at different things.
Point out your children’s positive qualities determination, courage, kindness and help them to notice what makes them unique. Have a chat about the strengths, qualities and interests within your family over dinner, on a walk at the park or when you are having family game night. It can be fun to notice how we are all different from each other!
As a parent, share your achievements and activities with your children, whether you go for a run, get promoted at work or cook a great meal. Sharing your achievements, no matter what they are, will help your children to understand and recognise their own successes.
As parents, you play a very important role in your child’s mental health, emotional well being, and helping them to understand that they are unique. If you have any specific questions about your child or want to set up an appointment, please call us at (540) 899-2555 or visit us online.