Parents and home are the biggest influences on a child’s emotional, physical and mental development. Print out this tip sheet for your fridge, so you can pick a tip a day, to help your child develop a strong and healthy mind. You’ll be glad you did!
– Focus on the positives of your child’s mental health, like growing self-esteem and confidence.
– Connections before corrections, is practising positive discipline.
– Be the calm to their storm; a parenting strategy when your child has difficulty coping and managing their emotions and behaviours.
– Heal yourself, and you are on a journey towards peaceful parenting.
– Empathize with emotions; the goal of empathetic parenting is to help your child feel heard and understood.
– Honor and listen to their emotions, to nurture emotional intelligence in your child.
– The way you talk to your child becomes your child’s inner voice, speak with kindness and understanding.
– Validate your child and their experiences, it reduces the risk of self-harm and suicide.
– Model healthy coping and communication; an emotion-focused parenting intervention that builds social skills in families.
– Don’t push beyond your child’s developmental age, aim for resilience, watch for anxiety.
– Relationship takes priority over behavior, especially during times of stress, loss, or trauma.
– Be present with your child, physically, emotionally, and mentally; you demonstrate Emotional Intelligence.
– Be a ‘good enough’ parent; make ‘good enough’ happen 1/3 of the time or more.
– Co-regulation teaches self-regulation; by providing a comfortable, reliable presence.
– Sticking to your boundaries, is a positive parenting strategy teaching your child to be secure in their own identity.
– Kind co-parenting is essential to your child’s healthy development.- your child’s behavior is communication; what is your child trying to express?
– “My child isn’t giving me a hard time, they are having a hard time.” Reframing with empathy always leads to love.
– Be the parent you needed and let them be the child you were not allowed to be.
– Children have all the same emotions as Parents… just not the brain development or experiences to process them the same way.
Thanks to Daisy Vergara, Founder of Ohana Behavioral Health, child therapists, for their mental health tips for parents.
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