Every parent wishes the best well-being for their child. But how to support your child’s overall well-being in everyday life? Research shows that positive emotions are connected to physical, psychological and also to social well-being: they support developing healthy self confidence, learning and memory. In fact, the small joys, smiles, praises and endearments can really contribute to significant things.
Your probably have noticed how your child’s emotional life has been developing since the beginning of her life. Soon after she was born she already smiled at your baby talks. You as a parent are a key factor in how your child sees herself. So remember to keep on smiling to your child and show positive emotions towards her.
Besides your positivity, your child also needs feedback for her strengths.
- Have you noticed that your child is motorically skilled?
- Does she like to help you?
- Does she have a good imagination?
- Does she play nicely with other children?
- Does she like to draw?
We all have our own strengths. They are positive features that reflect to our behavior, thoughts and emotions. Often some strengths are easier to notice than the others, for example motoric skills, but we all have character strengths that help us to succeed, achieve goals and reach our maximum potential.
- Have you noticed your child to have high persistence?
- Is she able to take others needs into consideration in her actions?
- Is she very enthusiastic about things?
- Is she creative?
- Does she show her affection?
- Does she love to learn new things?
These kind of character strengths can be developed from early childhood on. They are said to create the basis for all learning and are developed in social interaction with others starting from the first years of the child’s life. If you perceive to recognize and strengthen these character strengths in your child and offer her positive feedback, according to he studies this has a positive correlation to her behavior.
However, it’s not just about the positive behavior, but also that you need these character strengths to thrive and succeed in life. Taking these matters into account and making time to support the child’s emotional development is extremely important in early childhood whether at home or at daycare. Find the time together to explore character strengths, give positive feedback and encourage the child. Most importantly, find time to be present. It is important to the child to feel that she is excepted as the person she is. Encouraging, warm environment where things are discussed requires you as a parent sensitivity and the ability to put yourself in child’s position. Above all it takes time and positive will to act. Focusing on the strengths doesn’t mean that the negative emotions should be put aside. Failures and weaknesses are a part of everyday life too. However, the catch is in the attitude with what you face challenges in everyday life. Think about these things together, be happy about little and big things, smile at each other, say good things about each other and carpe diem – together!