We parents desire our kids to be smart, come first in class, and be intelligent, dynamic and multi-talented. Often some children have extra intelligence and emotional abilities whereas others of the same age are a little behind. Hence, we end up building pressure on them to develop the extra something that they are missing.
Here are 3 ways you can boost your child’s mental and emotional health:
Proper Nutrition boosts Mental and Emotional Health
Do you know that a balanced and nutritious diet is one of the most important factors in boosting your child’s mental and emotional health. Eating a well-balanced diet rich in essential nutrients helps in developing the mental and emotional wellbeing of children.
What do you do if your dietary plan is insufficient? Or you have a fussy eater at hand who will not follow the plan always, no matter how hard you try?
PediaSure is here to the rescue and emphasizes this major vertical of how to protect your child’s mental wellbeing through nutrition and enriched food content with special nurturing factor. With 37 vital nutrients, high quality protein and other micronutrients, PediaSure is your perfect partner to ensure your child is getting a complete and balanced meal.
Neuronutrients in brain development of your kid
PediaSure has an array of neuronutritional factors for right development of your kid’s mental and emotional health. Want to know what and how?
- Essential fatty acid for brain development
- ALA for visual efficacy and brain cell development – It is a part of DHA which helps brain and eye sight development
- Iron for Hemoglobin and Myelin Sheath – Iron makes hemoglobin strong and also produces oxygen to brain which is highly beneficial. Moreover, iron supports in proper formation of myelin sheath which remains in the end of neurons and helps transmitting the signals from brain to body.
- Vitamin B12 – One of the most important vitamins for brain development.
Listen to your child
Mummy knows best – oh how we love to say this to ourselves, and even our kids all the time. And sometimes, we do know best. But not all the time. In one of the sessions I had recently attended, where PediaSure had released its Grow Right Charter, we discussed how to listen so your child talks more.
I tried this with my daughter, giving her reasons rather than saying ‘I know best’ to help solve a disagreement. This not only led to a healthy discussion, but it also told her that I am willing to listen and not just tell her how she must feel.
Also, read Growth parameters for growing children here.
Only the other day she told me she wasn’t feeling well and if she could skip school. I would normally have just told her to get ready. But this time, I sat down with her to ask her what was the problem. It was a fight she had had with a friend and hence didn’t want to go to school. It was easy to then find a solution for the fight, how she could talk to her friend and she happily went to school after that.
Do an activity together
Mental and Emotional well being of your children
I know we talk about limiting screen time for children but I think we need to also talk about limiting screen time for parents. How many times have you listened to your kid’s stories with half an ear because you’re busy scrolling through Instagram or WhatsApp?
I had to consciously make the choice of keeping my phone away immediately after my daughter had come home from school. We started to talk about her day and about what I had done while she was away.
We also decided to have a special family activity which we do without fail, every day. It could be as simple as having dinner together with our phones, not on the table. Or a post-dinner activity like reading, telling each other about our days or preparing for the next day.
I found, it really helped my daughter feel more secure and stable in her own self when she saw that her home environment was stable.
I really think by spending a little time and effort, we can boost our kids’ mental and emotional well-being. So tell me, what is your favorite family activity?
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