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How to Increase your child’s Mental Strength

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Role Model Mental Strength

Showing your child how to be mentally strong is the best way to encourage him to develop mental strength. Talk about your personal goals and show your child that you’re taking steps to grow stronger. Make self-improvement and mental strength a priority in your own life. It isn’t always easy, but whenever possible, aims to behave with resilience you. This doesn’t mean pretending you never feel stressed or overwhelmed, but showing how you cope with these times.


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Let Your Child Make Mistakes

Allow your child to learn some important life lessons by making his own mistakes. Teach your child that mistakes are part of the learning process so he doesn’t feel ashamed or embarrassed for getting something wrong. Allow for natural consequences when it’s safe to do so and talk about how to avoid repeating the same mistake next time. They give us the information we need to adjust and improve. The only true mistake is a failure to learn from our experiences.


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Try to learn something new every week

Ever get the feeling that each day looks a lot the same? As we get older, our mental pathways are more and more defined. Where each summer day seemed to last forever when we were kids, the weeks peel off more quickly as you age. Mental strength requires that you continue building new neural pathways by learning new things. The more regularly you pick up a new skill, or study a new subject, the stronger your mind becomes. Try to pick up one new thing every week and then continue working on it as you learn new things. Build up your mental strength gradually.


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Help Your Child Face Fears

If your child avoids things that are scary, he’ll never have an opportunity to gain confidence in his ability to deal with stress. Whether your child is afraid of the dark, or he doesn’t want to challenge himself to try new things, help your child face his fears one small step at a time. Cheer him on, praise his efforts, and reward him for being brave.


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Encourage creativity

All children need help to learn about their emotions and relationships. It is our job as adults to teach them these skills. Every child is different so we need to figure out what reaches each child individually. Look to what they truly enjoy to help them express themselves. Play, games, sports, art, writing, dance, horticulture, photography, music, and acting or role playing situations are great ways of helping kids learn to cope with difficult feelings and relationships. Creativity is a natural human way to learn and express ourselves. If your child has learned that feelings should be avoided, creativity can open them to emotions.


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Focus on Building Character

Kids need a strong moral compass to help them make healthy decisions. Work hard to instill your values in your child. Create opportunities for life lessons that reinforce your values regularly. For example, emphasize the importance of honesty and compassion, rather than winning at all costs. Children who understand their values are more likely to make healthy choices even when others may disagree with their actions.


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Calm the Negativity

It’s hard for kids to feel mentally strong when they’re bombarding themselves with put-downs or when they’re predicting doom and gloom. Teach your child to silence the negativity and think more realistically. Looking at life’s inevitable obstacles realistically, yet optimistically helps kids perform at their peak.


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Teach Emotion Regulation Skills

Building mental strength isn't about suppressing feelings; it's about choosing healthy ways to cope with those feelings. Teach your child how to deal with uncomfortable emotions, like anger, sadness, and fear.  When kids understand their feelings and know how to deal with them, they’ll be better prepared to deal with challenges.


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