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10 ways to promote good mental health in your kids

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Last Friday (10th October) was World Mental Health Day which aims to promote emotional and social well-being in the community. Days like this remind us that it is important to take the time to think about what you need to do to look after yourself, but also what you can do to support the mental health of your children.

Research clearly shows that children who are mentally healthy are better able to meet life’s challenges, are better learners and have stronger relationships.

So what can you do?

There is quite a bit of literature out there on how we as parents can help promote good mental health and wellbeing in our kids. I have listed my top ten below:

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Fish Food 55 – Thoughts are important

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Our feelings and emotions are the direct result of the way we think about, or interpret events and situations.

“Most people who worry a lot or feel stressed tend to make two errors in their thinking. First, they commonly overestimate how likely it is that bad events will occur.  Secondly, they usually assume that outcomes or consequences of those events will be catastrophic and unbearable.” from the book Helping your Anxious Child

Worried thoughts can often be changed to calm thoughts by being a good detective and looking for realistic evidence to challenge your worried thoughts.

In future articles we will look at how we can teach children to identify their thoughts and challenge their worried thoughts by using questions to help find evidence that suggests the worried thought is not true.

 

Fish Food 54 – Good Posture

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Good posture is important to physical and mental wellbeing – for us and our kids.

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Sketch Club Lesson 8: Capturing texture and tone of an apple in graphite pencil

 

Today we started our second term of Sketch Club with a different group of Year 2 and Year 3 kids.

Objective:

We look at the aspects of drawing and rendering an apple using a graphite pencil, developing tone and texture.

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Today’s Grateful – frankie magazine

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Frankie magazine, drinking coffee and getting inspiration for the day.

Steve

Fish Food 53 – Awesomeness of chums

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The philosopher Aristotle said, “In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. They keep the young out of mischief; they comfort and aid the old in their weakness, and they incite those in the prime of life to noble deeds.”

Friendships are important and vital for wellbeing, but some kids are not as competent at making friends, interacting with other kids and being accepted into their peer groups.

There are significant benefits in teaching these children social skills and friendship skills in order to improve their relationships with others.

Below is a list of such skills:

  • Body language skills  (eye contact, posture….)
  • Voice Quality  (tone, clalrity…..)
  • Conversation skills  (greetings and introductions, starting conversations….)
  • Friendship skills  (offering help, asking to join in, giving compliments……)
  • Assertiveness skills   (sticking up for one’s rights, asking for help, dealing with bullying…..)

Which social skills did you identify as needing work for your child?

 

Reference

How to teach your child the important social skill of eye contact