How Can We Safeguard the Mental and Emotional Wellbeing of Our Children?
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7 October 2021
Is it possible to tell if your child is just having a rough day or if he or she is having difficulty coping? Yes, you can, according to Susan Koh, a family life specialist with Focus on the Family Singapore.
“Parents play a critical role in developing children’s mental and emotional wellbeing. If you notice something amiss, tune in closely and ask how they are doing,” says Susan.
Children who are going through a tough time may exhibit behavioural changes, such as withdrawing from interactions with friends and family, and seem to be unmotivated and disinterested in regular activities. They may struggle to cope with everyday stressors, resulting in anxiety or compulsive behaviours.
Stress and anxiety can also manifest psychosomatically as headaches, aches and pains, indigestion, or difficulty breathing.