Raising a child is a rewarding yet challenging journey. It’s natural to want your child to thrive, and a crucial part of that is their emotional well-being.

Just like physical health, emotional health needs nurturing and support.

Hi, I’m Lauren Clancy, a Child and Teen Therapist at Kid Matters Counseling, and in this article, I’ll share some strategies you can implement to help your child flourish emotionally.


1. Foster Open Communication


Create a safe space where your child feels comfortable expressing their feelings, worries, and experiences. Ask open-ended questions that encourage them to elaborate on their thoughts and feelings.

Questions like, “What was your favorite part of today?” or let’s say there was a bullying situation on the playground. You could ask, “How did you feel when you saw that boy being bullied?”


2. Validate Their Emotions


Let your child know that all emotions are valid. It’s okay to feel sad, angry, frustrated, or scared. Help them identify their emotions by using words like “happy,” “frustrated,” or “anxious.”

Avoid minimizing their feelings with phrases like “don’t worry” or “it’s not a big deal.


3. Build Emotional Intelligence


Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions, as well as recognize and respond to the emotions of others.

Play games that involve identifying emotions in facial expressions. Read books together that explore different feelings.

Encourage your child to describe how they think a character might be feeling in a story. You could ask, “If you could have any superpower, what would it be and how would you use it to help others?


4. Include Quality Time


In our busy world, it’s easy to let quality time with your child fall by the wayside. Make a conscious effort to schedule regular one-on-one time with your child, free from distractions.

This could involve playing a game, reading together, or simply going on a walk with them. Just the two of you.


5. Set Clear Expectations and Boundaries


Having consistent expectations and boundaries provides a sense of security for children. If you believe your child is spending too much time looking at a screen, you could say, “At 6:00pm all screens are turned off and it’s time to play a game.

Explain the rules clearly and enforce them consistently, but be willing to adapt as your child matures.


7. Promote a Healthy Lifestyle


Adequate sleep, a balanced diet, and regular physical activity all contribute to a child’s emotional well-being. Ensure your child gets enough rest, eats nutritious meals, and has opportunities to be physically active.

In a pinch, I keep some granola bars in the pantry for when my child needs a quick snack to help regulate their bodies so they don’t get hangry.


Bonus Tip: Seek Professional Help


Don’t be afraid to seek professional help if you’re concerned about your child’s emotional health. A therapist can provide valuable guidance and support for both you and your child.

If you’re looking for additional support in helping your child reach their full emotional potential, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at Kid Matters Counseling today.

We’re here to help your child on their journey to emotional wellness.


Lauren Clancy

Lauren Clancy

Child Therapist

I have been helping kiddos overcome obstacles and build the emotional tools they need to navigate life’s ups and downs.

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