Initial years of life are vital for the proper physical and mental development of any child. These are the years when the personality of an individual is being molded. A number of individuals are lost and suffering as they lacked knowledge about dealing with failures, rejections, setbacks, etc. Hence, it becomes essential for us, to teach our children about mental strength and make them ready for facing the harsh realities of the adult world.
Taking Care Of Your Mind
Parents and teachers talk about the significance of clean and healthy bodies but they often forget to highlight the importance of a healthy mind. Stressing the benefits of mental strength exercises and performing them for building mental muscles is equally necessary. It is also essential to make them understand that seeking professional help for psychological issues is just like visiting dentist for a toothache. It will assist your child in being vocal about his psychological and emotional issues and problems.
Talk About Feelings
Communicating about how you feel is the first step towards better emotional health. Many students who move into college tend to be ready for academics but are not emotionally prepared. A large population of adults feels their parents should have taught them how to face feelings like loneliness, sadness, anxiety, disappointment, etc. This happens because we only identify only excited or angry as feelings. Mentioning how you are feeling every day and assisting your kids to acknowledge their feelings can make them aware of their emotions. Also talking and discussing how emotions and feelings can affect your decisions and teaching how to deal with them can make your kids mentally stronger.
Inculcate Realistic Thinking
When children express self-doubt, self-pity, catastrophic predictions, excessive guilty or negative thoughts, show them how these feelings can be approached differently. Teach them to reframe negative thoughts into a positive and realistic way. Changing the blue thoughts into true thoughts is an excellent exercise for the same.
Be A Role Model
It is well known that children learn from observing their elders. Be your child’s role model Show them that sometimes behaving contrary to your feelings is ok. For instance, say things like, “I feel like eating a full tub of ice cream but it’s better to take care of my health for our family.” It will help kids to understand that sometimes things don’t go according to their will and it’s better to accept reality and deal with it.
Let your kid solve his/her problems on their own. It can be difficult as a parent to not interfere and bail your kid out. But learning problem-solving skills will be a great asset for them in dealing with psychological as well as materialistic problems. Encourage your child to come up with his/her own solution. Allow them to make mistakes and stand by them in their decisions as they learn. Problem-solving together as a family can also add to mental strength. Whether your child is having difficulty with a subject or having issues with playmates, come up with 4-5 solutions together. Then help him/her select the best solution to try.