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.
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.
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.
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.
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.