The beginning of the school year is nearing, and that creates a lot of change for families. Some parents and students may feel excited, and others may not. School can be a fun, positive environment for kids. However, for others it can feel extremely overwhelming. As a parent it can be difficult to manage personal stress on top of the stress your children experience from school. Here are a few tips that you can use to strengthen your own mental health as well as the mental health of your whole family this school year.
Foster a genuine relationship with your child
The CDC states that “building strong bonds and connecting to youth can protect their mental health.” Find out ways to genuinely connect to and relate with each of your individual children. Every child is different, no parent-child relationship is the same. Make an effort to learn more about them and their interests. Your shared emotional intimacy will help support their mental health. This improved relationship will help you too!
Help your children feel connected to school
Inspire your children to build genuine relationships with teachers and children at school. Reach out regularly to the teachers and administrators of your children and work closely with them to help them meet the needs of your child. Volunteer at your child’s school as frequently as your schedule allows. Help them with homework, and learn more about their day-to-day experiences at school. If they feel a positive connection to their teachers, peers, and to their education in general, it will help them have a positive experience and improve their mental health.
Find a parent support system
It’s important to understand that no burden can or should be placed upon one source. Parents are not always able to manage everything on their own, nor should they! Don’t be afraid to share your experiences and difficulties with trusted family members and friends. Find other parents who’s family may be similar to yours. Rely on them and create a safe environment for them to do the same!
For parents with children experiencing mental illness, find a parent support group in your community. Two such organizations, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Mental Health America (MHA), have local organizations across the country. Churches and other community organizations may also have groups and support systems available to you.
At Aspen Counseling Services we specialize in providing mental care for individuals, couples, and families. Our therapists are well trained professionals, and each of them are eager to help you in your mental health journey. You are not alone! If you feel that you or a member of your family can benefit from therapy, please reach out by calling or texting our office. Our number is 801-449-0017. We have offices in both American Fork and St. George, Utah. We also have teletherapists available for remote sessions. Learn about our therapists to get started!
If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call the crisis hotline at 988 or dial 911.
Thank you for reading!