CHILDREN MENTAL GROWTH

It is easy for parents to identify their child’s physical needs such as nutritious food, warm clothes, and appropriate bedtime. However, a child’s mental and emotional needs may not be as obvious as their physical needs. A good mind set of a child allows children to think better, helps to develop socially and learn new skills.

It is very important to equally look after a child’s physical and mental health; today we are going to discuss some basic but very important tips that will help your child to grow their mental health.

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE FROM FAMILY –
Love, security and acceptance should be the part of your daily routine. Let your Child know that your feeling does not depend on their success or failure and on that note; Parents should also know that mistakes and defeats should be expected and accepted. Remember, Confidence grows from home.

SELF CONFIDENCE AND SELF ESTEEM –
Self Confidence and Self Esteem are two heavy words but make sure Child should know its meaning and value. Praising your Child learning or ability to learn new things, helps them to develop the desire to explore and learn about their surroundings. Allow children to explore and play in a safe area. Your attention will help build their self-confidence and self-esteem.

MAKE TIME FOR PLAY –
It is important sometimes for children to have time with their friends. By playing with other children, they could discover their strengths and weaknesses develop a sense of how to get along with others. Find a good children’s program through neighbours, internet, nearby children events, or schools.
Parents can be great playmates, be an active playmate of your Child. Make your child understand that winning is not as important and being involved and enjoy the activity.

SCHOOLING SHOULD BE FUN –
Starting school is a big event for children. Try to enrol them in a pre-school, Head Start, or similar community program which provides an opportunity to be with other kids and make new friends. Children can also learn academic basics as well as how to cope with their problems. Get involved and interact with their Teachers or Caretakers.

APPROPIATE GUIDANCE AND DISCIPLINE –
Provide appropriate guidance and instructive discipline for example, If a Child is having the opportunity to explore and develop new skill. At the same time, they need to learn that certain behaviours are unacceptable and that they are responsible for the reactions of their actions.
There should be some rules and regulations for the good of the family and being a part the members; children need to learn those too. Offer guidance and discipline that is fair and consistent. They will take these social skills and values to school and eventually to the workplace.

SOURCES – “Facts for Families,” America Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
“Children’s and Adolescent’s Mental Health,” US Dept. of Health and Human Services
copyright 1997 revised 2/00

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