Looking after your Childs wellbeing

Wellbeing comes from physical, mental and emotional health. For children and young people, there are many things that build positive wellbeing.


Wellbeing can come from:

  • understanding and managing emotions
  • having good relationships
  • experiencing a sense of accomplishment
  • using their strengths
  • taking part in healthy activities, getting lots of sleep and eating well.


Building your childs wellbeing 


Praise, enouragement and positive attention


prase helps your child feel good about themselves which boosts self esteem and confidence. You can:

  • let your child know you are proud of them
  • praise your child for their strengths
  • praise when your child behaves in a way you encourage
  • give your child attention


Positive self talk


Self-talk is the way we talk to ourselves with our inner voice. Positive self talk is when we say positive things to ourselves. Self talk has a big impact on how we feel and what we do.


Encouraging your child to talk to themselves in a kind and positive way can help improve their well being and manage stress. 



Maintain good realtionships


A positive relationship with your child is critical to supporting wellbeing.

  • Share family memories and stories together
  • Try eating a meal together each nigh
  • Establish and maintain family routines and rituals
  • Help your child maintain social connections 


Take notice or being mindful


Mindfulness is paying attention to how you feel and what you see, hear, taste and smell. Mindfulness is being present rather than thinking about the past or present.


Mindfulness can help us slow down and promotes rest and healing. It can make us more aware of our thoughts and feelings and help us to manage stress and anxiety. 



Practise kindness and gratitude


Gratitude is about taking some time to recognise and celebrate the people and things we love and are thnakful for. Being grateful can have a big impact on wellbeing as it stregthens relationships and makes us mroe optimistic. 


Help your child practise gratitude by talking to them about:

  • things that make them happy
  • things that inspire them
  • people and things that nurture them
  • experiences and thoughts they would like more of
  • helping them notice small pleasures like a warm smile


Promote help seeking 


It can be hard to ask for help but it is important that your child knows that it is okay. Encourage help seeking in your child by:

  • asking how things are going
  • letting them know it is ok if they are feeling sad or frustrated
  • listening without judgement when they seek out your support
  • providing teenagers with a range of information about where to get help if they need it. 


Set rules and boundaries 


Clear rules and boundaries help children and young people feel safe.


Involve your child in making the rules and they will be more likely to stick to them. Negotiating rules is a way of showing you respect their growing maturity. 














If you have concerns about your childs wellbeing, you can contact the school. Start with a conversation with their classroom teacher or the wellbeing coordinator and they can give you advice or put you in touch with someone who can help. 


You may also like to access the websites on our wellbeing page for some guidance and support.