Intentional parenting is a topic that’s becoming more and more popular in today’s world. Interestingly, mental health is another important topic and one that can go alongside intentional parenting. If you’ve been wondering how to speak with your children about mental health topics, then this blog by Avalon Malibu is for you!
Intentional Parenting and Speaking With Your Children
Speaking with your children about mental health topics is important. Below are some tips and tricks that you can use if you’re going to have a discussion with your children about mental health.
Age Appropriate Topics
You can have discussions about mental health with children at any age and it’s something we encourage at Avalon Malibu. There are ways that you can bring up topics that are age-appropriate and make sense for the ages that you’re speaking to. Finding ways to have honest, transparent conversations at any age is important, so consider what makes the most sense for your family.
Consider sitting down with your kids and starting the conversation about mental health. They may have topics that they want to discuss. Giving them the opportunity to bring these topics up could be helpful. Don’t be afraid to let your kids know that you support them. You can also share that you’re there if they have questions about various mental health topics.
Education is important when it comes to talking about mental health and opening up the conversation about this topic. Finding appropriate resources is essential, so consider doing some research online (or reading our blog!) to find resources that you can use when speaking to your children.
When you’re finding resources, it’s important to make sure that they come from a trusted source. If you’re reading a research paper, make sure that it’s peer-reviewed and comes from a source that’s reputable. There are lots of good resources on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) website, so that’s another option that you can consider.
If you’re not sure how to speak with your children about mental health topics, you’re not alone. We’d love to speak with you about ways that you can bring up mental health topics with your children. If you’d like to speak with a member of our staff about this, you can give us a call at (844) 857-5992. We hope to hear from you soon so that we can learn more about your situation and provide guidance that’s tailored to your needs.