How to Nurture Your Child’s Emotional Health

As a parent, you work hard to take care of your child’s physical needs. You maintain a place to live, cook nutritious meals, and help your child establish good, healthy habits that will encourage good health; however, your child’s emotional health is just as important as their physical health, so you need to nurture it and help your child grow emotionally as well as physically.

How to Nurture Your Child’s Emotional Health

Tips to Nurture Your Child’s Emotional Health

Set good examples

Your child learns how to respond to things emotionally by watching you and they will act the same way when faced with similar situations. Set good examples and teach them the right way to respond emotionally. Do this by controlling your emotions and responding in a positive manner when faced with challenges of your own.

Encourage self expression

Allow your child to express anger, fear, and all other emotions. It’s okay for them to feel sad, lonely, afraid, or even angry sometimes. Without these experiences as a child, they won’t know how to deal with these feelings when they are older. As they go through these emotions, teach them how to cope with them in a good, positive way.

How to Nurture Your Child’s Emotional Health

Offer praise and encouragement

Let your child know you believe in her and that you know she can control their feelings and respond to situations the right way. If you trust them to make the right decisions, they will trust their own opinions and grow to be emotionally confident.

Get educated

The best way to know if your child is emotionally healthy is to know what’s normal for children in the same age group, even though they learn at different paces.

How to Nurture Your Child’s Emotional Health
How to Nurture Your Child’s Emotional Health

Regardless of which parenting style you use, the tips above can help you nurture your child’s emotional health. Be kind, understanding, and always listen to your child when they’re struggling emotionally. Offer encouraging advice to help them find ways to deal with his/her emotions in a calm and positive manner.

Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto.She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Emotional health is just as important at physical health! You made some very good pointers here and they will indeed help parents along the right track.

  2. I agree emotional health is very important, a child should be praised each day for something they have done, to often they receive negative attention.

  3. Neat effective ways to get the positive side of your child’s emotion at a young age. Discovering all there is to one’s mind is important.

  4. Being in tune with your child, and them knowing they can speak to you about anything is important for their emotional health and mental health.


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