Your Child’s Wellbeing

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Emotional wellbeing

   Relationships

  • Tell your child that you love them every day
  • It’s good to establish and maintain boundaries with your child – it helps them to feel safe
  • Be a positive role model for your child; don’t shout and swear in front of them, it is rarely effective

   Managing behaviour

  • Praise your child’s effort as well as their achievements – for example, telling them they’ve done well for trying hard
  • It’s okay to make mistakes, and let your child know this – it provides them with important learning opportunities
  • If your child does something wrong, tell them, but focus on their action and how to do better next time

   Raising self-esteem

  • When things are difficult help your child to see it as part of life and learning and that it happens to all of us
  • Teach your child not to give up and to keep trying
  • Listen to your child and show them you value their views and opinions

Physical wellbeing

   Healthy eating

  • Help your child to understand about a balanced diet and the importance of eating fruit and vegetables to keep them fit and healthy
  • Encourage your child to try a variety of foods and dishes from around the world
  • Let your child help when you bake and prepare family meals; it will help them understand about food and encourage them to be creative

   Exercise and activity

  • Support your child to exercise vigorously for at least 30 minutes each day
  • Encourage your child to have at least one hobby involving exercise, such as dance, swimming or football
  • Get out and about as a family; play tag in the park, go for a bike ride or plan a timed treasure hunt – it’s more fun to do things as a family

   Body matters

  • Book regular appointments with the optician and dentist, as well as frequent health checks and immunisations
  • Exposure to cigarette smoke is damaging to your child’s health; think before lighting up in front of them
  • Talk to your child about the importance of personal hygiene, such as showering regularly