Every parent wants their kids to be as healthy as possible in every aspect of their lives. This means that parents do their best to clean the house, cook healthy food, and keep their children active, so they grow up healthy and strong. Parents try to find the perfect balance of “nurture and nature”, providing sufficient emotional support, yet allowing the kids to learn certain lessons on their own, so that the kids have a healthy emotional state.
Parents also do their best to ensure their kids are getting the best education they can get, so that they grow up intelligent and mentally healthy. When it comes to psychological health, this is typically where parents have to do some research of their own, to determine things they can do to ensure a healthy psychological state for their kids.
An overweight child is likely to be teased in school, because of their weight. This can lead to depression, poor self-esteem, and underdeveloped social skills. These things can be long-lasting issues in the psyche of a person. This is especially due to the interactivity psychology has with every other aspect of life. For example, depression can lead to seclusion, which can lead to health problems due to the unwillingness to participate in physical activities. Also, low-self esteem can lead to underdeveloped social and romantic skills, which can lead to the inability to maintain a solid, high quality relationship, romantic or otherwise.
Here is a list of some things that parents can do that will greatly increase their children’s chances at growing up with a healthy psyche…
Understand The Stages Of Child Development
There are various classifications of child development that you may want to know the stages of. This will help you determine how much and how little stress, pressure, and support is right for your child’s development. These classes are moral stages, psychosexual stages, psychosocial stages, cognitive stages, and developmental milestones. These classes cover every stages of child development as it relates to their psychological well-being. Also, they cover how the psyche can effect development in each of these stages.
Promote The Artsy Side Of Life
This is an area that may be best done by your participation as well. There are a ton of great activities that will promote a healthy psyche for your kids, which you can participate in and benefit from also. Music is one of these activities. Music lessons have been proven to usher healthy self-esteem and a high sense of self-worth into your child’s life. Get yourself and your kids a guitar teacher or classes in a music academy and work through a difficult task to accomplish something great. Also, most other forms of art will do the same thing for you and your kids. Painting, drawing, photography, and many others would be excellent options for something you and your kids can benefit from.
Discipline, Not Punishment
Many folks place similar values on these two words. The fact is, they couldn’t be more different. Discipline is a form of teaching, whereas punishment is a form of expression of anger. This doesn’t mean that a spanking is not useful, at the right times. What this means is that any spanking should be used as a teaching tool, not a way for you to demonstrate your power or anger. Look at a spanking like this; “I will spank my child for trying to touch a hot stovetop, because it will show them that what they are trying to do will hurt them, without letting them melt their fingerprints off”. Used like this, physical discipline can be very effective. Just remember; never spank your kids while you are at your “boiling point”. This will tell your kids that you are trying to get your anger out, rather than teaching them something.
Perfection Might Be Unattainable
This is a fact that all parents need to accept about themselves. No parent is perfect, although some may be closer to perfection than others. Keeping this in mind will help you not get so down on yourself, and will allow you to focus on the aforementioned ideas. Your kids don’t need to see perfection. They need to see you try your best. If they see that you put your all into raising them, they will grow up with respect and love for you. If you strive too hard for perfection, it may drive your children to see it more as a an issue, rather than a virtue.