Living in a competitive country like Singapore might be stressful for your child, and we feel you. Sometimes known as early childhood mental health, it is important that we as parents give the right support to our children. Here are eight ways to ensure that your child has a healthy social-emotional development:
- Be a good example for your child
Your child watches how you respond — whether or not you know it. If you child sees you responding well to stress, he/she will learn from you. Show him that stress is common and can be handled in an effective way, such as going for a jog.
- Positive self-talk environment in the family
Words have a huge impact on your love ones and yourself. Teach your child how to speak positively into his own situations. For example,”I can do this.”
- Set realistic expectations for your child
Your child has different progresses than your friend’s but that doesn’t mean one is of less abilities than the other. Avoid making comparison with other children that will lower his self esteem. Instead, praise him when he does well and work on how to improve.
- Encourage your child to build friendships
Show your child that you care about his/her friendships. Encourage him/her to go to the playground and make new friends. You can also invite them over and welcome them!
- Be objective while disciplining your child
It is tempting to highlight your child’s weaknesses and flawed character when he/she does something wrong, but learn how to correct his/her actions in love. For example, say “It wasn’t right of you to not finish your homework. You can do better!” instead of, “Why are you so useless?”
- Recognise the need to let go of toxic friendships
Stay away from friends who give your child unhealthy influences such as smoking. Teach him/her how to say no and walk away.
- Handle disappointments and criticisms well
They are a constant part of life and your child needs to know how to handle them positively. Let them know that they’re not alone and that there’s always a way out.
- Know how to rest and relax
Ensure that your child has a sufficient amount of sleep everyday. Give your child time to do the things he like during the day and stick to a regular time for bed.
What are some ways you practise to ensure that your child is social-emotionally developed? Share with us in the comments below!