Our children’s well-being depends on the choices we make as parents. From the moment our children are born every choice we make for them will affect them both mentally and physically so it is important to always consider the best options when it comes to them, from what they eat to when they sleep. This contributed post provides us with 4 healthy tips for children to ensure they can maintain good emotional health and perform at their best.

As a parent, there are so many different things to be thinking about. Not only do we have to think about the day-to-day life admin, like getting them to school, homework, and sports clubs, but we have to think about the physical and mental well-being of our children too. The good news is that when you take a few steps in the right direction, you can help your child to be as healthy as they can, both mentally and physically.

That isn’t to say that if your child or teen does have a breakdown and needs teen depression treatment, that you have done anything wrong; after all, we are all different. But a few things to encourage good help will be an important part of raising kids. So here are a few things to be thinking about.

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Food and Drink

The food and drink that our children consume are going to affect them, their energy levels, and their mood. A diet that is lacking in the right vitamins and minerals has been proven to lead to anxiety, behavior problems, and low mood. So providing good food that will fill them with energy is an easy win as a parent. Have healthy snacks available for them to grab, as well as providing meals with plenty of fiber, whole grains, protein, and fruit, and vegetables. Think about your current consumption of cakes, chocolate, and candy, and look to reduce it. Energy drinks should be a no-go too.

Rest

When we are tired or haven’t been able to rest properly, then we know how much of an impact it has on our daily life. The same goes for our children. We need to allow them enough time to rest, recover, and get plenty of sleep. While having them involved in a lot of different things, going from music class to sports class after school can take its toll. There is a lot to be said for having some time at home so that they can rest up and relax. Encouraging mindfulness is a good idea too; something like painting, doodling, or puzzles could be a good suggestion if your child has a hard time winding down.

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Establish Routine

Having a routine can help your child to feel in control of their life and bring structure to their days. As much as we all may hate to admit it, a routine can be a really good thing. So if you don’t really have one, look at what you could be doing differently. Establish times on certain days for clubs or downtime at home. When they know what to expect each week or each day, it can make a big difference.

 

Encourage Positive Self-Esteem

If your child has low self-esteem, then it can be damaging and affect all parts of their life. So before this becomes a problem, help your children to recognize what they do well and what their skills are. Praise them when they do something well. Ask them what they think they did well or what they enjoy, and set some small but realistic goals for different things in life. When they feel like a success it can make a big difference in how they view themselves.

Conclusion

My children like to eat the things I eat and watch the things I watch and I am sure all parents can relate to this. But as a mom, I feel I am responsible for making the right choices so my children can do the same. Now there are exceptions of course, like I may watch a movie they are not old enough to watch. But when it comes to health choices I personally feel bad if I don’t make those choices myself.

For instance, we all know what we eat will not only affect how we function now but it can affect our health in the long run. So making sure we teach our children a proper diet is important not only for them but for ourselves. Don’t you think it is easier to get your children to do something you are already doing?

We all need rest in order to function and with our children in school they need all the energy they can to learn, they also need their sleep to grow. Sometimes it can be hard to get your children to wind down after a long day so mindfulness exercises are a great way to calm them down and help them relax. Also, reading a bedtime story is not a thing of the past it is still a very useful way to help your children fall asleep. 

Teaching your children a routine and sticking to one yourself is a very useful tip. It will help mornings and evenings go a lot smoother because you will know what to expect every day. This saves you stress and time to do other things you enjoy.

Lastly, a child’s self-esteem is shaped at home. We as parents can give our children the foundation of confidence they need to conquer whatever they try to achieve. When we are positive and encouraging toward our children they will have an easier time in school. Hang those pictures on the fridge, you will do wonders for their self-esteem.

Do any of these tips stand out to you? Do you have any tips you would like to share? I would love to hear about them in the comment section below!

10 thoughts on “4 Healthy Tips for Children – How to Maintain Good Emotional Health”

  1. Very touching content. Thank you for the opportunity to stop by your post. Just this morning, I discussed with my sister how much child’s mental health depends on the family, and what we as parents should do to make sure that our kind grows healthy and happy. It is a very important topic and parents need to remember that busy working life can’t be excused for not paying attention to kids lifestyle and health. Great job. Wish you a successful development.

    1. Hi Nadja,
      I agree parents work life cannot get in the way of their time with their children. We as parents have a responsibility to our children until they are old enough to care for themselves. As a matter of fact, I was told that kids spell love T-I-M-E and I agree. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Great write up. I am reminded of something I read before about how and what it means to be good parents. It says, “There isn’t any manual on how to be good parents. You will learn to become one when you become a parent yourself because your instincts will tell you exactly how to properly take care of your kids.”

    I think being a good parent means more than just providing for your kids’ needs; being a good parent includes taking care of your kids in all aspects of their lives such as those you mentioned in your post. Making the right food choices for our kids is very important and you, the parent should set a good example, because children tend to get their eating habits from their parents.

    Rest is also important for the overall health and development of our kids. One of the things I learned from my former boss when it comes to taking care of kids is to make sure they have enough rest and sleep. It is our responsibility as parents to take care of our children’s welfare.

    But what can you say about some kids who were raised by a wonderful family with a healthy lifestyle, and yet somehow found themselves hooked to prohibited drugs, have unhealthy eating habits or are suffering from depression of mental illness? What do you have gone wrong? And who is to blame?

    1. Hi Alice,
      I agree that parents have to set an example and we are what we eat but our children are what we eat too. Rest is important for all of us and most importantly for children because they are still in development. As for someone who grows up with a wonderful family and a healthy lifestyle and somehow finds themselves addicted to drugs or suffering from mental illness or depression, I think anything is possible.

      I was once told that we are a result of our environment but I think we are a result of our own choices. Four siblings can all grow up in the same home with a great family and one can still decide to make the wrong choices. Maybe when we work on what our children eat, and when they sleep, we should never forget to communicate with our kids because you never know if there is something they struggle with.

  3. Normally parents today are trying to give everything best to their kids..as they want them to survive in this competitive world… But what happens is instead of teaching them how to survive we are teaching them how to compete… And due to this, we give them less rest, give them their favorite chips and drinks and the most important we unintentionally give them negative boosting for their self-esteem… This post is very beautifully explaining us about our duties and responsibilities as parents

    1. Hi Huzefa,
      That is a neat observation. Parents today an society do tend to cause children to be more competitive which causes their health to suffer. I am glad you found the article useful and thanks for the comment!

  4. Thank you for encouraging mothers & fathers. I grew up in the 60’s and getting raised then was way different than it is now. I see a lot of young people with kids that never should have had any at least right now. I see a lot doing things that they would not want their kids doing and that is just wrong.

    I think the one thing that I remember when growing up and that is my friends & I parents had a sense of leading by example. A kid will be influenced by what they see growing up. This is why I have a strong work ethic and a sense of responsibilities coming first. My parents had it tough but their sense of responsibility won all.

    1. Hi Ronnie,
      I am big on leading by example and I wish more parents raised their children that way because as you said kids are influenced by what they see and hear. Thank you for your comment!

  5. As always, a great read from you Melissa, I agree with you. Nowadays our kids get stressed out as well and the reason could be the burden of studies and homework and other peers but to be honest the main reason is reduced physical activities and spending a lot of time on smartphones and tablets playing games.

    1. Hi Sarah,
      I agree if children spent more time outside they would be a lot less stressed. Staying indoors on electronic devices is not good for anyone’s health.

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