School can undoubtedly be a challenging period for children. They face a variety of stresses, and ensuring their emotional health is crucial for a balanced and happy life. From adapting to new lessons, struggling with subjects, or having issues with classmates, the development of self-identity and social skills is vital. Like a rough diamond, their emotional intelligence is shaped by these experiences.
When children are young, they often feel things more intensely, making these problems seem like the end of the world. That's why it's important for us, as parents, to encourage mindfulness and emotional wellbeing, particularly during their primary school years, to build confidence and healthy life habits.
Here are some basic suggestions to help your children:
- Open a Two-Way Dialogue About Their Emotions: Parents are usually the most attuned to their child's emotional state. Interactions and conversations are crucial because children often express their feelings through behaviour. Sometimes they can struggle to understand their emotions and become overwhelmed.
- Discussing Emotions: May seem straightforward, but it helps children understand themselves and others. It's important they know it's okay to feel anger, disappointment, and frustration. The key is recognising and understanding these emotions to learn how to cope.
- Daily Two-Way Conversations: That are caring, respectful, and honest can strengthen the long-term relationship between parents and children and prepare for the teenage years.
- Be Vigilant for Warning Signs: That your child isn't feeling well. This includes erratic behaviour like sudden outbursts of anger, avoiding meals, being distracted, struggling to make or keep friends, and having difficulty meeting school demands. If your child avoids activities they usually enjoy or appears sad, there could be an issue.
You may find these products helpful:
Adol Essence Drops: Useful for primary-aged children to improve communication and social skills.
Relationship Essence Drops: Encourages strong, truthful, and honest relationships.
Bluebell: Ideal for lifting spirits and dispelling greed.
Dagger Hakea: Helps with emotional expression.
Red Helmet Orchid: Promotes male bonding and balances sensitivity.
Cognis: Aids in clarity and focus for tasks like studying.
Ensure Your Child Gets Enough Sleep: Disruptive sleep can cause health issues, and habits formed young can last a lifetime. Limit screen time, especially before bed, as it can keep their brain active.
Reading to Children: Is both relaxing and educational. Some families are also turning to yoga and meditation as relaxation tools.
Flower remedies to consider:
Black Eyed Susan: For those who struggle to unwind.
Calm and Clear: Helps manage life and relationships.
Space Mist: Clears negative energies.
Meditation: Enhances spirituality and intuition.
Explore our Parenting & Children family-friendly collection of remedies designed to address various emotional and behavioural issues commonly encountered in family life:
Helps children be more open and less bossy. Targets perfectionism, stubbornness, and self-centeredness, encouraging a more cooperative attitude.
Aids in bedtime routines by calming and relaxing children. Protects from environmental negativity and encourages peaceful sleep.
Transforms nit-picky and inflexible behavior, promoting openness and inner peace. Ideal for children resistant to new experiences.
Boosts mothers' resilience and calmness, strengthens the mother-child bond, and encourages self-care alongside family care.
Promotes compassion and forgiveness among siblings, reducing jealousy and resentment. Ideal for use before and after a new sibling arrives.
Quickly calms tantrums and emotional outbursts, addressing underlying feelings of stubbornness and frustration. Also beneficial for parents.
Model Good Behaviour: Parents are their children's primary role models, and it's crucial to demonstrate caring, fairness, and kindness.
Think About the Future: We worry about the world our children will inherit, but it's equally important to consider the kind of children we're leaving behind. We aim to raise children who are happy, healthy, fair, and mentally well.
For more information, check out Ian White’s book "Happy Healthy Kids" and explore our wisdom page or get in touch.