People would always say that the children today are the hope of the future. But are we still paying attention to their holistic growth despite the increasing pressures and standards the society expects of them? Or are we causing more problems and neglecting their health?
Holistic Growth Is A Must
Through the years, many parents have created various coping techniques to improve their children’s development.
Many children across the globe have astonished all of us in showing what they are capable of in terms of intelligence, creativity, sports, and so much more. However, many parents have forgotten to consider children’s mental health which often becomes the reason for academic difficulties and behavioral and emotional problems.
As adults, we must see to it that children grow holistically: let them excel in the things they’re good at without pushing them to their health’s limits. And when we speak of health, we don’t only mean the physical aspects. It includes one’s psychological, emotional, spiritual, and mental capacities as well.
According to Dr. Aaron Traeger, a children’s health advocate, many parents resort to setting high expectations for children which end up being one of the main causes of fear of failure, stress, anxiety and depression, and other behavioral problems which take a toll on their emotional well-being and mental health.
The Effect Of Empowerment
A Mental Health Foundation study found that mental health problems affect one out of ten young people, more than half of which do not get proper treatment.
This finding is very alarming because as children, it’s their right to get the proper nourishment and support so that they can grow up to be successful people in the future. Here’s how empowerment can improve mental health problems in children:
- They Become Free From Fear Of Failure
Allowing them to make mistakes becomes an excellent opportunity for them to realize that school isn’t all about good grades but the hunger for knowledge. It improves their mental health because they let go of the stress which comes with the pressure of trying to get straight A’s which can significantly affect their mental health.
- They Become Free From Self-Doubt
Children need to be aware that we love, support and care for them. In doing so, empowerment can help them let go of the fears inside their head which usually cause emotional problems leading to anxiety and depression.
- They Discover Their Own Identity
Liberating children from societal pressures and standards allows them to discover themselves without conforming to expectations that usually lead to mental health problems among the young. Empowering children to be themselves reduces the risks of mental health challenges commonly caused by trying to fit in and satisfy their parents’ standards.
- They Feel Supported And Loved
Emotional support is one of the most impactful ways to improve children’s mental health. Through proper encouragement and empowerment, we can help combat children’s mental health problems such as anxiety and depression to let them know that people are there for them and that they are not alone in their battles.
Dealing with children undergoing mental health problems is not an easy task, but the experience makes it worth the sacrifice. We have such a great investment at our hands, and we can be part of the change we want if we learn to value the real things that matter. Mental health is a real problem, and empowering one another can move mountains for families and children around the world.