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  • Writer's pictureAllison McCue-Napoli

End of School: Supporting Your Kids and Their Mental Health



As the end of the school year approaches, it is important to consider the mental health of our kids. Navigating transitions, final exams, and the emotional ups and downs of adolescence can be challenging. Here are a few ways parents can support their children's mental health during this transitional period:

1. Encourage Open Communication Communication is key to supporting your child's mental health. Encourage them to express their thoughts and feelings and actively listen to their concerns. Be available to talk, whether it's about school, friendships, or any other issues they may be facing.

2. Maintain a Routine A structured routine can help maintain a sense of stability and calm during the school break. Encourage your child to stick to their usual sleep schedule, eat nutritious meals, and engage in regular physical activity. Maintaining a consistent routine can help regulate their mood and boost their overall well-being.

3. Prioritize Breaks and Downtime With the increased workload and pressures of school, it's important to allow your child to take breaks and engage in activities they find enjoyable and relaxing. Encourage them to engage in hobbies, spend time with friends, or engage in self-care practices such as reading, meditation, or practicing mindfulness.

4. Monitor Screen Time Excessive screen time can negatively impact your child's mental health. Encourage them to limit their screen time, particularly before bedtime, as it can affect their sleep quality and overall mental well-being. Set boundaries and enforce limits on their time spent on electronic devices.

5. Foster a Positive Learning Environment

The end of school can be a time for reflection and self-evaluation. Encourage your child to reflect on their accomplishments and challenges throughout the year. Help them set goals for the summer and beyond and provide them with the resources and support they need to achieve them.

6. Seek Professional Help if Needed

If your child's mental health concerns persist or worsen, it is important to seek professional help. Talk to your child's pediatrician, school counselor, or mental health professional for guidance and support. Remember, early intervention can help address any issues before they escalate.

As the end of the school year approaches, it is essential to prioritize the mental health of our children. By encouraging open communication, maintaining routines, fostering a positive learning environment, monitoring screen time, and seeking professional help when needed, parents can contribute to their children's overall well-being during this transitional period.

 

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