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Parenting tips: How to boost your child's mental health for life

Published on Jan 26, 2022 06:27 PM IST
  • Be it teaching your child how to handle emotions and stress, building their self-esteem, or helping them how to connect with people, here are tips every parent must follow to set the right foundation for their kid's mental health.
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Childhood is the best time to work on an individual's mental health considering it is no less than important than physical health. Be it teaching your child how to handle emotions and stress, building their self-esteem, or helping them how to connect with people, here are tips every parent must follow to set the right foundation for their kid's mental health, by Dr. Raghavendra Kumar K, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Mpower.(Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 26, 2022 06:27 PM IST

Childhood is the best time to work on an individual's mental health considering it is no less than important than physical health. Be it teaching your child how to handle emotions and stress, building their self-esteem, or helping them how to connect with people, here are tips every parent must follow to set the right foundation for their kid's mental health, by Dr. Raghavendra Kumar K, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Mpower.(Pixabay)

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Unhealthy habits stay for life and affect an individual's mental health. Unregulated screen time can play havoc with your child's overall health and can have a negative impact on their personality as reduced physical activity could lead to increased risk of depression and lower wellbeing. "It’s very essential for kids to be self-regulated in terms of gadget use and screen-time," says Dr Kumar.(Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 26, 2022 06:27 PM IST

Unhealthy habits stay for life and affect an individual's mental health. Unregulated screen time can play havoc with your child's overall health and can have a negative impact on their personality as reduced physical activity could lead to increased risk of depression and lower wellbeing. "It’s very essential for kids to be self-regulated in terms of gadget use and screen-time," says Dr Kumar.(Pixabay)

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Parents must teach their children how to connect with self and others as that's the best way to understand life and at the same time feel more positive and happy. "It’s recommended to stay connected with self and near/dear ones in a regular and most direct manner possible," says the expert.(Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 26, 2022 06:27 PM IST

Parents must teach their children how to connect with self and others as that's the best way to understand life and at the same time feel more positive and happy. "It’s recommended to stay connected with self and near/dear ones in a regular and most direct manner possible," says the expert.(Pixabay)

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Physical activity not only helps your child to be fit physically but ensures they remain in top of their mental health too. "Take up regular physical activity (jogging, running, Yoga etc) as a part of daily routine," says the psychiatrist.(Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Physical activity not only helps your child to be fit physically but ensures they remain in top of their mental health too. "Take up regular physical activity (jogging, running, Yoga etc) as a part of daily routine," says the psychiatrist.(Pixabay)

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Parents should also instill in their children skills to manage stress and how to handle conflict. "Self-monitoring tasks where one gets mindful of their skills (or the lack of it) in handling stress, interpersonal conflicts," says the expert.(Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Parents should also instill in their children skills to manage stress and how to handle conflict. "Self-monitoring tasks where one gets mindful of their skills (or the lack of it) in handling stress, interpersonal conflicts," says the expert.(Pixabay)

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While one should not be tempted to be a 'parchute parent' it is essential that kids get regular reassurance from their parents about their constant availability in the time of need.(Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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While one should not be tempted to be a 'parchute parent' it is essential that kids get regular reassurance from their parents about their constant availability in the time of need.(Pixabay)

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Children should also be trained in developing effective coping and problem-solving skills through simple examples, stories and games.(Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Children should also be trained in developing effective coping and problem-solving skills through simple examples, stories and games.(Pixabay)

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In order to build strong bonds with them, it is important to make children feel understood about the difficulties they are going through and offering to support them in a non-judgemental way.(Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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In order to build strong bonds with them, it is important to make children feel understood about the difficulties they are going through and offering to support them in a non-judgemental way.(Pixabay)

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Parents should seek help for themselves or their kids without any hesitation in case of symptoms like poor sleep, easy fatigability, irritability, anxiety, decreased interest as this can be an early warning sign of underlying stress.(Pixabay) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 26, 2022 06:27 PM IST

Parents should seek help for themselves or their kids without any hesitation in case of symptoms like poor sleep, easy fatigability, irritability, anxiety, decreased interest as this can be an early warning sign of underlying stress.(Pixabay)

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Avoid being critical or judgemental at any cost.(Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 26, 2022 06:27 PM IST

Avoid being critical or judgemental at any cost.(Pexels)

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