A Parenting Guide to Providing Kids Emotional Support

June 24, 2020

A child’s emotional health and well-being play an important role in their overall development. Good emotional health influences a child’s good behavior, increases their capacity for relationships, expands opportunities, and impacts their daily functioning in general. It helps them regulate their emotions and enables them to stretch themselves intellectually and socially.

And this is exactly why a child’s emotional needs should never be overlooked. As parents, one of your most important roles is to give your kids the emotional support they need to ensure healthy growth and development. 

Learn how to strengthen your child’s emotional capacities with the help of this guide. 

Be sensitive

Because it’s important that our kids feel comfortable talking to us and sharing about their thoughts and feelings, it’s equally important that we encourage them to do it. And it all starts by learning how to be sensitive to both their verbal and nonverbal forms of communication.

Maintain an open and equal sense of communication from the moment they learn how to speak their first words. Make sure they feel you are there to listen and understand. This will help you gain their trust so they can talk to you honestly without being defensive.

It isn’t enough to check on them and find out what’s going on in their lives. It’s important to be careful with your responses, too. By sounding defensive or insensitive, they might become reluctant to talk the next time you attempt to have a conversation. 

Spend quality time

The length of time you spend with your kids matters less than the quality. When you carve out time to be with them, be sure to give your complete and undivided attention. Spending quality time together doesn’t mean sitting beside them in the living room while they play and you thumb through your phone checking emails and notifications. It means being with them, being present, enjoying a common activity and interacting. The goal here is to create an opportunity for conversations and let them feel that they are the priority.

Don’t ignore signs of struggle

Another important aspect of providing kids adequate emotional support is by paying close attention to behavioral changes that could indicate that they are struggling. If you notice a change in their behavioral patterns, habits, performance in school, or the way they get along with other kids, don’t ignore them.

Seeing them throwing temper tantrums more often than usual isn’t just a silly thing to let go of. It can and should be cause for concern. These behavioral changes could be a sign of greater emotional struggles.

If left unaddressed, they can lead to bigger problems that are harder to handle. Therefore, if you notice any signs or anything unusual with your child’s behavior, pay attention, talk to them, and engage with them to arrive at a solution. 

Appreciate and encourage questions

Children are naturally curious. They have questions about anything and everything under the sun. While you may find it a bit tiring to keep answering all their “why’s”, this is one of the hundreds of moments when you need to stretch your patience the most. Respond to their natural curiosity and answer their questions with enthusiasm. Not only will this help foster their curiosity and imagination, it’s also an excellent way to encourage them to pursue their interests in life.

Recognize their efforts

It’s part of human nature to desire to feel validated. We all want to feel we’re good enough because it boosts our self-esteem and confidence. And even if kids don’t say it, they share the same need. Be sure to recognize the efforts your little one puts into their learning activities and be specific about them.

It isn’t enough to tell them that they’re smart or they’re talented. Mention how they did good with combining the colors for their artwork, or how they’re good with enunciating the words during your reading time. By giving them meaningful praise, they feel happier, confident, and more fulfilled in themselves. 

A child’s emotional health is an important aspect of their overall development. It plays a role in their success not only in their academic life but their life in general. Use this guide to provide your little one the emotional support they need and become more psychologically attuned to their needs. 

For more helpful tips on parenting or if you’re looking for the best preschool for your child, please visit Everley Rose Center


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