Build Your Kid’s Mental Strength
Mentally strong kids find solutions to their problems, endure hardships and bounce back from adversity. You can ask your children some questions daily to know what’s going on in their little minds. This will not just help you know your kids better but will in the process help your child get in touch with their feelings which in turn helps them in developing a positive mindset.
You need to understand that every child is different, so you need to look at things from their perspective and understand their emotional aspect.
How to make your child mentally strong?
Let Your Child Make Mistakes
Teach your child that mistakes are part of the learning process so they don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed about getting something wrong. Allow for natural consequences when it’s safe to do so and talk about how to avoid repeating the same mistake next time.
Help him deal with his fears
Children are afraid of many things such as sleeping alone, insects, or public speaking. Encourage your child to face his fears and gradually get over them. Praise him for his bravery as he tries to overcome his fears. Also, your child must know how you deal with your fears. Every opportunity to overcome a fear is a challenge.
Kids need a strong moral compass to help them make healthy decisions. Work hard to instill your values in your child. Create opportunities for life lessons that reinforce your values regularly.
Practice strength-based parenting
Instead of perfection, set realistic expectations for your child. Wanting your child to be the best at whatever he tries his hand at can put undue pressure on him.
Highlight the importance of gratitude
Feeling grateful for what she has will stop your child from indulging in self-pity when she’s down. Being grateful and positive will make her feel upbeat, and this will encourage her to find a solution to her problem.
Affirm Personal Responsibility
Building mental strength involves accepting personal responsibility. Allow for explanations—but not excuses when your child makes a mistake or misbehaves. Correct your child if he tries to blame others for how he thinks, feels, or behave.
Give children unconditional love
Love, security and acceptance should be at the heart of family life. Children need to know that your love does not depend on his or her accomplishments.
Mistakes and/or defeats should be expected and accepted. Confidence grows in a home that is full of unconditional love and affection.
When to seek help?
Parents and family members are usually the first to notice if a child has problems with emotions or behavior. Your observations with those of teachers and other caregivers may lead you to seek help for your child. If you suspect a problem or have questions, consult your pediatrician or contact a mental health professional.