Staying healthy and well is a combination of staying physically active, eating well and embracing life.
It’s also important to support your child’s mental and emotional health as they learn and grow in a busy world.
Here are six tips for keeping your child’s wellbeing on track:
- Get into life. When we make time to play together as a family, be with friends and our community, we all get a lot more out of life. Our kids also learn valuable social skills and ways to manage change or discomfort.
- Move more. Physical activity can improve general wellbeing and participating in sports teaches great skills for making new friends and participating in groups.
- Build resilience. When we teach our kids how to bounce back from hardships or troubles, they develop strategies for overcoming difficulties and dealing with stress. Keep talking with your children about their feelings and thoughts.
- Help others. Whether they're friends, family or strangers, helping others is a great way to give back and make yourself feel good at the same time.
- Laugh. Play games, tell jokes and spend time with friends. Laughter is great medicine.
- Reflecting. Spending time reflecting on the good things in life can help kids stay optimistic and focused on the positives.
If you’re concerned about your child’s behaviour, visit ParentLink for more information.
You can also talk with your school, as many schools run programs to help children deal with bullying, stress and coping with their emotions.