It’s Children’s Mental Health Week and this year’s theme is Healthy: Inside and Out. The aim is to encourage children and young people to look after their bodies and minds, as the two are inextricably linked. Over the course of the week we will be exploring this in more detail by attributing each letter in the word “healthy” to a vital component necessary for living a healthy and happy life.
Today’s focus is on the letter ‘L’, for feeling loved. Love and acceptance enables a child to become independent and flourish.
H – E – A – L – T – H – Y
L – Being Loved
Being is loved is probably the most potent relational activity particularly if your child positively regards your love and is not emotionally oppositional to you and themselves.
A child, who has internalised feeling safe, wanted and has been given the ‘space’ to become appropriately independent according to their developmental needs is more likely flourish.
Being able to be a good, parental/carer role model is also important. How do you manage your emotions and what are you unwittingly teaching your children particularly managing adversity and being relational?
Loving and learning requires thought, patience and empathy.
If you are a parent and have concerns about your child, please contact us:
020 3542 9935