The theme of this year’s Children’s Day, is ‘For every child, every right’. It calls for a collective effort from individuals, communities, and governments to create a nurturing environment that fosters the physical, mental, and emotional development of the younger generation.
Children’s Day, celebrated on November 14th, stands as a testament to Nehru’s belief that children are the architects of the nation’s future.
Expert tips to support your child’s mental health on Children’s Day.
- Make sure your child knows that they aren’t alone. Reassure your child that you’ll be there whenever your child needs any help or want to share any feeling or thought.
- Tell them that even grown-ups have problems they can’t solve independently. Point out that it’s easier to ask for help when someone else is on your side.
- Be emotionally open and accepting with your child regardless of gender.
- If your child feels frustrated, work with them to brainstorm some solutions to their problems.
- Tell your child that it is safe to talk to their doctor or other health professionals.
- Tell them it’s okay to take a break, pause, or have time to relax.
- Encourage your kids to take breaks from schoolwork, housework, or other activities, to do things they enjoy. Suggest them some activities of their choice as healthy alternative engagements.
- It is essential to first take good care of yourselves to help your children nurture, grow, and develop in a positive and safe environment.
Making Healthy Choices.
Mental and physical health are equally important components of general health and well-being. Our mind and body are connected, and research demonstrates that healthy eating, exercise, and adequate sleep promote mental well-being.
Parents should model and encourage healthy choices that benefit both physical, emotional, and mental health, including:
- Eating nutrient-rich meals
- Being physically active
- Getting plenty of sleep
Take a few minutes to do something you enjoy (ex: reading a book; enjoying a cup of coffee; playing music)
By celebrating and investing in the well-being of children, society ensures the development of responsible and capable future citizens.