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How your child’s emotional wellbeing can affect their learning

How your child’s emotional wellbeing can affect their learning

As with all of us, we must nurture and listen to what our body and mind are asking of us. We need a balanced diet, regular exercise and plenty of rest to carry out our day-to-day responsibilities and children are no different especially when it comes to the development of a child’s mental and emotional well-being.

When a child’s mental and emotional well-being isn’t being nurtured in the capacity that it should be, the problems occurring for them in this aspect can begin to hinder their academic performance. They become more fatigue throughout the day, lacking the energy needed to complete tasks in class and at home. Their ability to concentrate and focus is compromised, and they may struggle to adopt a sense of optimism in their learning. Furthermore, they tend to become easily overwhelmed, confused and frustrated when it comes to completing tasks which can be detrimental to their self-esteem and in some cases lead to more pressing issues such as depression and anxiety.

It’s important to understand; we ALL have mental health, and we ALL have a duty to look after it. Research shows that those with an increased level of positive mental health are more likely to be engaged in learning, creativity, and overall productivity. It also boosts an individual’s ability to engage with peers and develop strong relationships as well as adhering to more pro-social behaviour. Left ignored, however, this can be detrimental to a child’s overall development stunting their ability to participate in the classroom and co-curriculum activities.

Our children need us and it’s important to plant the seed of help-seeking early; there is no shame in asking for help.

“The parent-child connection is the most powerful mental health intervention known to mankind” – Bessel van der Kolk