Ways to Raise your Kids to Be Mentally Strong
I know you, like me, want to find ways to raise your kids to be mentally strong. In fact, teaching your kids to be mentally strong is crucial, so here are some tips to help you do just that:
Encourage Realistic Thinking
A lot of us, even as adults, tend to struggle with this one. The ability to think in a realistic manner is highly underrated, and not a lot of people have the ability to do so, and often find themselves on either end of the spectrum- optimism or pessimism. Remind your little one that it is not necessary to judge every situation- it is okay to just have a healthy self-talk and think things through logically.
Focusing only on academics will get your child prepared for college, but not to handle the things life throws at them. Allow your child to openly express their emotions and feelings with you, and you too, be open about yours. This will help them understand and make sense of their emotions better, learning different ways to cope. It is not all down to genetics and cirumstance..there really is so much we can do to help and so many ways to raise your kids to be mentally strong.
Teach Valuable Skills
Right from an early age, teach your child valuable skills such as impulse control, problem-solving, gratitude, patience and self-discipline. This will not just shape your child into a good adult, but will also help them become mentally strong and able to handle setbacks in a much better way.
Make Self Care a Priority
Self-care, when practised in the right way, can really help an individual shine – whether it is an adult or a child. Help your kid discover ways to rejuvenate and take care of themselves, with a specific focus on their mind. Emphasize healthy eating and sleeping habits and include exercise as a part of the daily routine.
Face the Fears
It may make sense to protect your child from the things and situations that he fears, but if you’re overdoing it, you may risk your little one never having the confidence to face those fears. Allow him to feel uncomfortable and tackle his fears, one step at a time. Be there for support and offer praise when he faces those fears gracefully.
Gratitude is the solution to almost everything- right from lack of confidence and self-pity to pessimism and negative self-talk, so do make sure you make it a priority in your household. Once your kid realizes they have a lot to be thankful for, they will definitely feel mentally strong.
Teach Emotional Control
This one’s last on the list, but definitely not the least. As a parent, one of the best things you could do is teach your child to be mentally strong and handle emotions better. Don’t try to suppress their emotions when they are angry or sad, rather teach them how to handle feelings and moods in a healthy way through journalling/talking/exercising. An important tool for life.
So – 7 Ways to Raise Your Kids to Be Mentally Strong – what would you add to this? Please leave me a comment below I am so interested in all your ideas too,
Teach kids to create their own happy
Do take a look at my book Create Your Own Happy – it is packed with happiness boosting ideas for kids and it is an interactive and fun way for them to build resilienmce and growth mindset
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