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Mental health is really important to a child’s development and will help them learn to navigate a lot of different areas in their lives. Schools can be a tough time for kids and it’s important to highlight to your child how their wellbeing is just as important as their physical health. To help your child with their mental health, here are some tips.
Provide your child with the skills to handle their mental health, but also remind them of how proud you are of their progress. Remind them that you will always be there for them and are ready to help them wherever necessary, which is really important for them to remember. With continued support they will feel a lot more motivated to manage their problems and also come to you for advice.
Problem solving is a really good tactic towards helping your child manage things in their own time. Set problems up in a number of scenarios to help them learn to solve issues in different contexts – essential for your child’s management of different obstacles that will come up throughout their lives.
Positive reinforcement is a good way to help your child learn how to switch the perspective in a bad situation. They may have done really badly in a test, but you can show them that this is an opportunity for you to both work on different revision methods for next time.
It’s crucial to show your child that their mental health comes first. Schools are your first port of call; this junior school in Colchester for example uses pastoral care to help students with their wellbeing and development. You can liaise with school staff to help build that happy environment for your child to allow them to succeed in their studies.
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