Your child's mental health - Part 1
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The ideal good mental health condition would be where the child is able to think clearly in social settings and learn new skills to adapt to the surrounding needs of the time and to also be comfortable with developing his or her own self confidence, high self esteem and an emotionally healthy outlook in life.
In the quest to understand and provide well for the child’s optimal mental growth the parent should be able to provide elements such as unconditional love from the family members, teaching the child self confidence and high self esteem standards, spending as much time as possible with the child to encourage social interaction and growth so that the child will be comfortable in knowing how to extend the same to other new additions whenever and wherever introduced.
By taking the time to interact more with the child through play and other means of interaction, the parent will also be able to encourage the child to learn how to accept guidance and encouragements from other sources such as from teachers and supportive caregivers.
It will also help the child to identify safe and secure surrounding in which to interact with others. With the appropriate guidance and discipline, the child will be able to make all the various choices needed for optimal mental health growth.
Nurturing Positivity And Confidence
Self esteem if often connected to the thought process that this in an important ingredient in promoting the ideal growth of a child’s positive and confident demeanor and outlook. This will also be the contributing factor to the mental growth and corresponding social adaptability of the child.
One of the main contributions a parent can make to developing this in a child’s growing process would be to ensure there is also of positive nurturing styles using love, care and respects as the basis of creating a confident and sociable child.
When a child is taught to look at themselves and learn to accept and like what they see staring back at them, then the road to learning confidence will be established.
Making the child understand how important it is to be able to accept themselves and only choose positive improvements to make should there be a need for changes should be part of the nurturing process provided for by the parent.
It is important to always take the time and trouble to reinforce the need to build a strong self confidence attitude in the child, and this can be done with a lot of positive comments and encouragements.
From even as early as the infancy stage, the little one will be able to perceive its self worth when the appropriate responses are given to its various different cries.
In receiving this attention whenever the baby cries out for it, the first steps to building confidence will be made although at this point the baby really does not realize the implications to its mental growth.
Children too will eventually catch on to this as they learn how to do things according to what is acceptable and thus enjoy the resulting positive nurturing and praise that will help to also build their confidence levels.
Recognize Changed Behaviour In Your Child
Every parent should be concerned with any changes in behavior patterns a child may display as these could provide significant information to the parent on what is actually going on the in child’s mind and thus his or her world.
What Is Different
There are several benefits in being able to identify these changes and this ability to read into the changes can sometimes be the only means a parent has available to assist in how to tackle a particular situation. Most medical experts will attest to the fact that a child main display of a particular behavior is usually formed by linking many smaller behaviors together.
Helping the child cope with or enjoy a particular situation would help very much if the parent was able to correctly identify the behavioral pattern, thus enabling the parent to give the correct corresponding assistance to the child.
In trying to understand the child, the parent would have to keenly observe the various reactions and displays of emotions as this will almost always clearly indicate the child’s thought process of needs thus contributing to an eventual more uniform set of behavioral habit that can be more easily read.
The child will also learn to use the parent as their main example by observing the parents’ different reactions and behavioral pattern and in some cases choosing to imitate these with as much similarities as possible.
Therefore the parent would have to be very careful in how they display their own behavioral patterns as they should be constantly aware of the children’s capabilities and understanding levels of copying such displays.
Through such observations the parent will be able to better cope with the different variants such as a strong will child, a child that needs to be competitive always, a child that needs a lot of encouragement and provide the corresponding lessons as needed.
Written by Abraham A.L on 6th March 2016
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