Tips to Help Your Young Child’s Mental Health.


As a guardian of a child, you want the best for them, including their mental health. Here are some simple tips to help you support your child’s emotional well-being.

1. Listen and Talk: It's not just about hearing your child's words but genuinely understanding their feelings and concerns. Take the time to actively listen, encourage them to share what's on their mind, and most importantly, validate their emotions. This simple act of empathy can go a long way in strengthening your bond and supporting their mental health.

2. Create Routines: Establishing a consistent daily routine can provide stability and security for your child. Make sure they have regular mealtimes and bedtimes a well as time for homework and play.

3. Encourage Playtime: Play is important for a child’s development and mental health. Encourage your child to engage in activities they enjoy, whether it’s playing outside, building with blocks, or drawing pictures.

4. Teach Coping Skills: Help your child learn healthy ways to cope with stress and difficult emotions. Teach them relaxation techniques like deep breathing. Encourage them to express their emotions through writing, art, and music.

5. Promote Healthy Habits: Ensure your child gets enough sleep, eats nutritious meals, and stays physically active. A healthy lifestyle can support their overall well-being, including their mental health.

6. Seek Support: If you’re concerned about your child’s mental health, don’t hesitate to seek help from a pediatrician, school counselor, or mental health professional. They can provide guidance and support tailored to your child’s needs.

The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services connects families with much needed resources helping children with their mental health. One example being the Regional Intervention Program (RIP). RIP is a parent-implemented, professionally supported program for young children and their families who are experiencing challenging behaviors. This unique, internationally recognized program guides parents in learning the skills to work directly with their own children while they receive training and support from experienced RIP families.

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services along with its dedicated and professional network of community service providers and sister agencies has a vast array of services for young people ranging in age including 0-5 years old. Check them out for more.

By implementing these tips, you can help nurture your child’s mental health and well-being, setting them on a path to a happy and fulfilling life. Remember, every child is unique, so find what works best for your family and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

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