Mental health is an aspect of our wellbeing that is just as important as our physical health, and on a personal scale, we should always strive for its preservation. However, there is a stigma that exists against the youth who experience mental illnesses, especially those who live relatively comfortable lives (who, if I may observe, are more prone to mental illness).
Parents have the duty to ensure that their children are healthy in every sense of the word, and so they must also account for their mental and emotional wellbeing. Here are some tips for helping your child through difficult times:
- Pay attention to your child’s feelings
- Praise their accomplishments
- Don’t punish them for their shortcomings constantly
- Be their companion in tough times
- Empathize with them, put yourself in their shoes
- Be flexible with your expectations in times of stress
- Try to maintain a calm demeanor, as your child will experience stress too if they sense from you that all is not well
Parents can’t always be a Superman/Wonder Woman that can shoulder the burden of the world, which is why the most essential tip is to be human. At the end of the day, perhaps all we need is someone to be our friend in difficult times, someone we can relate with, laugh with, and most importantly, find strength in each other.
Coach Benjamin Mizrahi. Educator. Learning Specialist. Family Coach. Father. Husband.
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