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Promoting mental health: Tips for parents

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Helping kids grow up mentally healthy is an important part of parenting. Here are a few things you can do to support good mental health in your kids.

  1. Put your device down.

 When you are with your children, show them that they are more important than your electronic device. Lead by example: put your own devices aside and spend face-to-face time with your kids.

  1. Listen when they’re upset.

When children are upset, they just want you to listen and understand how they’re feeling. Try not to jump in with advice or reassurance. Listen is spelled with the same letters as Silent.

  1. Focus on their strengths.

Support your children’s self-esteem by helping them to see their own strengths. Show that you see and appreciate kindness, empathy and trying hard, and not just achievements like good grades. For example, “That was kind of you to think of your brother” or “You worked so hard on that and you didn’t give up!”

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