How we can care for our children's mental health
Updated: Jul 28
There are a lot of issues facing young people and children amid the Pandemic and the Environmemtal Crisis, as well as everyday challenges. These stresses can affect our children's wellbeing and this can emerge as impulsive behaviour. If a child is struggling with any of these issues, this can show as impulsivity and poor decision making, which could deteriorate to aggressive and disruptive behaviour.
There are many ways we can support children and adolescents in this and help them to build the tools to become happier and more resilient.
Our five super simple steps to help your child process complex emotions can be learned to then use everyday!
Step 1. Acknowledge your child or teenager is upset and do so with no judgement. You could try saying something like “I see you are sad.”
Step 2. As their parent you could then invite your child or teenager to reflect on why they are feeling this way.
Step 3. Once they have reflected ask your child how they are feeling in themselves now.
Step 4. Ask them to regularly check in on their feelings and "check in" on themselves in this non judgemental way.
Step 5. Now you can introduce healthy habits such as a gratitude journalling, meditation or self-reflection, and affirmations. We at Oakleaf Private Childcare love these affirmations:
I am calm.
I am enough.
I am amazing.
I can do anything I put my mind to.
I am strong.
I am good.
This is part of a proven process of "gathering awareness, reflecting, writing, reconceptualising and active reach" has been proven by Dr Caroline Leaf.
Dr Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist specialising in this subject and has written a book called “Cleaning up your mental mess”.
In her book Dr Caroline Leaf also recommends writing as part of this reflective process and reconceptualising what has been written.
You can buy Dr Caroline Leaf's book here