Vaishali Ghai | Voice of the Educator, March’15

Mental Health issues in children: The role of a Parent

Mental health is a condition that requires a positive quality of life. It means successful developmental and emotional milestones and learning in good physical shape social skills.
Every child must  be taught how to manage things when in crisis and difficult situations. Mentally healthy children have a constructive quality of life and can function well at home, in school, and in their communities.
Mental disorders among children are described as stern changes in the approach that children normally and naturally  learn, behave, or handle their emotions, which cause suffering, sorrow and problems getting through the day.
Many children seldom practice doubts, uncertainties  and worries or exhibit troublesome behaviors. If symptoms are grim, it constantly interferes with school, home, and peers, and as a result the child may be diagnosed with a mental disorder.

As parents, it’s important to make sure that our kids are aware of and supported through each phase of progress. Parents’ role and intervention can be reasonable in situations where children are having great difficulty coping with time. There are many ways that parents can support :

  1. Deal with their emotions in a healthy way by engaging in activities with your child. 
  2. Activities including deep breathing, solving puzzles, sudoku, by means of stress balls, involving oneself in art and craft, cooking, going for walks can be great strategies for coping up with their way of thinking. 
  3. Instead of simply saying your day was “good” or “OK,” try to converse unusual emotions you feel all the way through your day when chatting with your child. Talk to them about the flash of a minute you felt hassled in a conference.

If you observe that your child has become more isolated from their friends, family or habit or daily routine, it may be a sign that they’re experiencing a state of affairs or sensitivity that they don’t know how to process on their own. Just letting them know that you are there to sustain and pay attention to them without ruling or decisions  can increase the probability that they’ll open up to you when they have a difficulty. Kids learn so much by observing  their parents, including behaviors when it comes to difficult phases of life. 

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