How often do you vocalize how proud you are of someone? It feels good to make people smile, but can you remember a time when you wanted to be encouraged? During these challenging times with natural disasters and more COVID-19 news, we could all use encouragement to help get us through. Imagine the difference we could make by trying to use mindful practices of being more encouraging of others and how much our communities would benefit from that.
Encouragement is really important for everyone, but especially for young children. Children grow up not truly knowing how to process emotions, and all they want from their parents is to feel safe and secure. Structure and consistency look very different right now because of COVID-19 restrictions with schooling, being exposed and more. It is good to start by acknowledging children’s questions and needs by offering support.
Below are some tips on how to encourage your children in the healthiest of ways:
Encouragement can go a long way in boosting a child’s mental health and wellbeing. Children who feel encouraged and confident will likely perform better at school, they will participate in clubs or sports, have better relationships with family and peers, and they will be healthier overall.
If you or your children are struggling during these times, contact Centerstone for your mental health needs. Call 1-877-HOPE123 or for more information visit us at centerstone.org.
If you are in crisis, please call our crisis line, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
If you're still having trouble and would like to reach out to someone about counseling or other Centerstone services, contact us.
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