If you’re battling self-esteem issues, you will most likely trace their beginnings back to when you were a child. Many of these issues are so deeply ingrained in some of us, that they impede on different aspects of our lives as we get older. So we compiled a list of the best ways to help nurture your child’s mental health which also create better family relationships in the process.
Not being heard can cause a lot of conflicts, so using active listening techniques and having your child feel heard gives them a sense of feeling equal and that their opinion/point of view matters. That strength helps build healthy self-esteem.
Every person has their own pace and personality, so being patient with a child during meltdowns, and conflicts can go a long way. If they grow up with negative feelings when things might not be going their way, that flustered imprint might cause some bigger mental health problems as they get older.
Share Your Feelings And Validate Theirs
If you share your feelings and validate your children’s, you’re creating a healthy and safe sharing space. This leads to more empathy and honesty.
Model Healthy Behavior
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. And that means telling the truth too!
A child wants to feel loved and being a consistent parent who follows through with promises makes a kid feel important. By not being consistent, it will create a lot of resentment/sadness and self-esteem issues going forward.
Believe In Them
This one should be a no-brainer, but many parents still can’t do it. If you don’t believe in your kids, things can go one of two ways. They want to prove you wrong when they’re older, and they do, but it can feel empty because anger, sadness, and resentment are still there. Or their self-esteem is shot right from the start, and they find it hard to start or complete things. Plus, anger, sadness, and resentment are still there.
Whether you are angry, stressed, lonely, sad, or just flat out exhausted, a loving touch can help you feel understood, cared for and less alone.
Set & Respect Boundaries
Helping create healthy boundaries as a child, helps them prevent other people from walking all over them when they’re older, or even doing it to others. It creates a healthy respect for others and for themselves.
Scheduled Family Time (No Phones)
Healthy family time with no interruptions gives everyone a chance to interact in the real world and in the NOW. Having a sense of family provides a child with a strong base. Knowing your family loves you and wants to hang out with you, creates a strong sense of self when you get older. Trusting others to help you when you’re in need can alleviate a lot of the weight people put on themselves.
If you or a loved one you know is having any mental health struggles, please do get the help you need. If you need to talk to someone now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.
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