Empowering Our Youth With Self-care
No one knows you better than you do. That goes for your kids as well. As adults, it’s our responsibility to care for our children. However, we don’t always know what’s going on in their bodies and minds. That’s why it’s so important to teach them about self-care and how to monitor their ongoing physical and mental wellbeing.
See something, say something
Start by teaching your kids how to stay healthy—everything from practicing good hygiene to getting plenty of exercise and rest. Encourage them to speak up about any sudden physical changes or emotional problems. If they notice something about their bodies that doesn’t look or feel right, such as a cut that may have gotten infected, a lump that wasn’t there before, or something growing on their skin, have them let you know. Schedule regular self-care check-ins and make them feel safe about discussing any physical concerns.
Practice emotional self-care
Kids ride a roller coaster of emotions, clueless about how to deal with the highs and lows. Discussing emotions is a step in the right direction. Encourage your child to speak up about any troubling emotional issues, such as bullying, whether it concerns them or their friends or classmates. Social media is such a huge part of everyone’s lives, but kids need to understand they can come to their parents and peers to ask questions or discuss any difficulties.
Build your child’s self-esteem
Encourage your kids to participate in positive activities—from sports to volunteering. Journaling, singing, playing music, acting, and sketching all help release pent-up thoughts and feelings and increase self-confidence. Teach them at a young age to meditate or practice yoga to calm stressed bodies and minds. It’s never too early to start your kids on the road to self-care.