It’s not enough to keep kids clothed, fed, and in school. As parents, there are hundreds of things to look out for concerning your child’s physical, emotional, mental, and psychological development.
Here’s what you need to look out for to ensure your kids are healthy and happy through-and-through.
Bullying comes in several forms — it can be physical, verbal, psychological, and emotional. However, whatever bullying your child is experiencing, it’s best to act immediately. You can help your child cope with the bullying by teaching them how they should react, who they should hang around with, and not be afraid to tell their teachers when something goes out of hand.
Additionally, taking them to child counseling professionals is an excellent idea to keep their emotional and mental health intact.
Effects of Parents Separating or Going Through a Divorce
Thousands of children the stress of their parents going through divorce every year and how they react will depend on their age, personality, and the circumstances of parents separating. If you and your partner are sure of the plans, talk to your children about the decision to live apart.
Remember, the discussion should fit your kid’s age, maturity, and temperament, but always emphasize that what happened between mom and dad isn’t their fault. Explain to them that sometimes adults change the way they love each other, but that kids and parents are bonded for life, by birth or adoption.
Death of a Beloved Pet or a Family Member
Many parents don’t realize how traumatic and confusing death can be to a child, and though they tend to grieve for a shorter period, their grief can still be as intense an adult’s. To help them cope with a pet’s death or that of a family member or friend, give them time to work through their grief, encourage them to talk freely about the pet, reassure them, and discuss the concept of dying honestly.
Moving can be stressful for parents and kids, even if the move is to a great place. Remember that transitioning to a new house and a new school for your kids takes time and patience. However, you can help your child ease up with the move by sending them pictures of the place, telling them fun places near your new home, and bring them a couple of days before the big move.
If possible, to help them transition to a new school, move to the new house before the start of the school year or team to allow your kids to have the chance to meet new friends before school starts.
Body Image Issues
As your child grows older, it’s normal for them to experience body image issues, especially in today’s ‘aesthetic focused’ society. Teach your child early and explain to them that a positive ‘body image’ has nothing to do with their physical appearances, which means you accept, appreciate, and respect your body and own skin. Never make any negative comments about their weight, and teach them to love themselves but still explain the importance of eating healthy and staying active.
Remember that when taking care of children, besides helping them develop healthy lifestyle habits that will encourage optimal health as they age, address the issues mentioned as soon as possible to save them from trauma — ensuring lasting happiness and health.