Parenting Guide: Improving Your Child’s Mental Health
As a parent, it is only normal for you to want all the best things for your child. For sure, you want him to grow up as a responsible member of society. At the same time, you also aim to make him healthy at all times. However, not every parent knows this, but there are two aspects that you must look into when it comes to this matter. As must as possible, focus on improving your child’s physical as well as mental health. “You know your child best. If something just doesn’t feel right, trust that instinct. It’s better to go and get something checked out if you’re not sure.” A reminder from Kristen Eastman, PsyD.
In this article, we are going to give attention to the latter concern. Every parent needs to see the significance of helping his child to have improved mental health. Take note that there is an increasing number of children and teens who have committed suicide because of different reasons. As such, it is now your responsibility to see to it that your child does not fall a victim of depression, anxiety, and stress. It is crucial for you to exert efforts in doing these things:
Be Hands On In Taking Good Care Of Him
The first thing that you need to consider is to be extra-hands on when it comes to raising your child. Do not leave everything to the baby sitter. There is no excuse for not being there for your child, especially when he needs you the most. Take note that living your little one under the care of another person is not ideal, as it can be an indication of abandonment on his part. Of course, you are probably too busy with your business and work, but still, you must only leave your child with a baby sitter as a last option.
Make Him Feel Loved And Accepted
Every person has different ways of showing love and affection. As a parent, it is your primary objective to do this remarkably. As much as possible, never let your child feel that he is neglected. Give him enough time to feel that you genuinely care for him, regardless of your hectic schedule. At the same time, you must always remind him that you accept everything about him. Do not try to change him into someone that he is not. This also means that you must never compare him to others. “Examine your expectations based on your own childhood and adjust as needed.” Cynthia Ridgway, MA, LMHC, NCC, DCC said.
Listen To Him
One of the common mistakes of parents is pressuring their child to become someone that they are not. At the same time, there are also some parents who continue to ignore their children’s predicaments. Be sure to avoid being one of these individuals if you want your child’s mental health to be in good condition. Keep in mind that the continuous act of ignoring your child’s pleas or concerns can send him a signal that you no longer care for him. If this continues to happen, he may seek refuge or relief from other people who may have a bad influence over him.
Moreover, it can also increase negative emotions on his part. As such, the right thing to do is to talk to him now and then. Make him feel that you are interested in whatever he has to say.
Avoid Fighting With Your Spouse
“Experts agree that if parents cannot control their anger in front of their children, those children will likely experience adjustment problems.” Tiffany Lowther, MA, LMHC said. Never let your child see that you are in a fight or argument with your spouse. Remember that what you do can influence his behavior and mindset. Because of this, you must aim to become a role model for your little one. What you must do is to show love and affection for everyone in the family so that your child will also grow up doing the same. Never make the mistake of arguing with your husband when your child is around. Instead, show him that there are different ways on how to handle the issues.
Whether you like it or not, the truth is that you are responsible for the wellbeing of your child. His mental stability depends on how you plan to raise him. Do not worry because you can always ask for help and support from everyone surrounding you. Always be willing to accept assistance from a relative, family or your friends. Make this a top priority so that your child will become healthy – physically and mentally. Choose to do the right things.