When we think of life balance, we often think of work-life balance and associate the term with adulthood and adult lifestyle. Well, did you know that children also need to learn and experience life balance? Yes! It is good for their mental health and well-being. When they learn at a young age to balance life, they become adults who practice the same skills leading to a more productive, fulfilled, and well-balanced lifestyle.
Here are 5 ways you can help your child find a good life balance:
- Let your child choose their activities. Don’t force your child to stay involved in activities that they’ve tried out and clearly do not enjoy because this will turn into a source of frustration and possible resentment. Instead, talk to them about their interests and make a plan from there.
- Provide a space for free time. This is important because it gives them a chance to decompress from a busy day or week managing all of their responsibilities and social and academic demands. In addition, it gives them a chance to engage with the world around them at their own pace.
- Set realistic expectations. According to Dr. Alice Holland, clinical neuropsychologist and the Research Director of the Neuropsychology Service at Children’s Health, “It’s important not to burden children with expectations. If they are playing sports or an instrument and are good at it – great. But don’t set that expectation that they have to work to achieve incredible things. The added pressure and burden can take away the relaxation and stress reduction.”
- Allow them to engage in self-care. Self-care is not just for busy adults. Children need to engage in this, as well. Self-care is simply taking time out to do things and activities that bring you joy. For instance, it could be just listening to music, going to the mall with friends, playing at the park, or volunteering at a community event.
- Promote a healthy lifestyle. A part of mental health is physical health. When you feel better physically, there are great benefits to your state of mind. Your child should establish healthy habits such as exercising often and eating right to give their mind and body the fuel they need to function properly and think clearly, especially in school. Regular doctor and dentist check-ups also help maintain good health.
Master Parents ensure that their child’s experiences are centered and grounded in love and preparation for the future. There is so much a parent can do to support that growth and development, and that’s why we are here to guide you in that process. Learn more about how you can support your child emotionally in order to nurture their mental wellness. We are here to partner with you in giving your child the best opportunities in life possible!