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Happy Childhood | The Gift of Emotional Wellness

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Happy Childhood | The Gift of Emotional Wellness


Emotional health is an essential element of a child’s general well-being. It is defined by their social and emotional skills that are developed early in life. It is exhibited in the ways they face or address their challenges during childhood. Parents that care for their child’s development and who want their children to have a happy childhood must ensure that are emotionally healthy.

A happy and emotionally healthy child has what it takes to succeed in life. This is why you would want to know about the warning signs of poor emotional health and to seek help from a child counselor/therapist when these signs are becoming obvious. Professional child counseling services can be the ally you and your little one can journey with, so that he/she enjoys the gift of a happy childhood.


Is Your Child Emotionally Healthy?

Your child cannot always be happy, even when they are emotionally healthy. It does not absolutely protect them from experiencing sadness, grief, self-doubt, and other negative feelings. All these emotions are natural. Being emotionally well means having the ability to regulate their feelings, thoughts, reactions, and behaviors because they have the fundamental emotional skills to sail through life’s challenges.

A child who is emotionally healthy is likely to have a happy childhood because they have a good level of self-esteem and is self-assured, trusting, and secured.  They are likely to develop social and emotional skills that will help them build and enjoy constructive relationships. They are also generally curious, kind, and capable of interacting with people. They can distinguish their feelings and express them appropriately.

The gift of emotional wellness, therefore, will not only gift them with a happy childhood. It can also lay the foundation of a healthy and successful life as an adult. Despite the “lemons or the curve balls” that life may throw at them, they can stay optimistic, compassionate, hopeful, and flexible. Their optimistic outlook will allow them to see their issues in a different light and overcome them without feeling overwhelmed.


Emotional Upsets to Watch Out For

The emotional and social skills that your child develops during childhood will prepare them for the challenges that they will encounter while growing up. These will lay the groundwork for the way they face or address their forthcoming issues, successes, as well as defeats. Knowing how their emotional health can affect, not only their physical health and happiness, but their future productivity as well, it will be critical to understand about certain unavoidable emotional upsets.


What are these emotional upsets that you must know to ably assist your child to become more emotionally prepared?  These are the emotional letdowns that they may go through at different developmental phases in life:


  • During infancy, separation anxiety is the most common challenge that your child may experience. This is typically observed from eight months and older as they recognize faces and their dependency on you is felt. This usually wanes as they become more exploratory and experimental. For some children this may come back when they enter school.


  • During childhood and with increasing social exposure, your child may go through more varied experiences, which can generate positive and negative feelings. Fears, sadness and other negative emotions can contribute to their difficulty in school and in interacting with their peers and mentors. Like other children their age, they may similarly have difficulty adjusting to the stress of succeeding in school while relating with people outside their families.


  • Adolescence is the developmental stage that is characterized by exceedingly numerous emotional highs and lows. The blend of the surging levels of hormones, social pressures and school burdens is the perfect formula for emotional upheavals. No wonder that youngsters at this phase are most vulnerable to anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, eating disorders, etc. And because your child will seek their identity and establish their independence at this phase, it won’t be easy to talk to and assist them.


Outcomes of Poorly Developed Emotional Skills

Emotional development is an important facet of your child’s growth. It touches your child’s sense of self-worth, the way they interrelate with others, resolve their issues/difficulties, explore their options, and make decisions. If your little one is emotionally unwell, he/she can develop a poor self-image and self-worth. This may lead to a lot of issues affecting their physical health, studies, relationships with others, and their personal endeavors.

With poor emotional health, certain skills may not be properly developed.  Unsupported or if your little one is beleaguered by an emotional condition, such as depression, anxiety or ADHD, he/she can have a higher risk for certain issues like emotional and behavioral issues, low level of self-esteem, and lack of self-confidence. The child may also demonstrate a poor performance in school, engage in bullying, substance abuse, and be at a higher risk of self-harm and substance abuse during adolescence.

You have an important role to play in fostering your child’s emotional health. Along with their mentors, you can provide the necessary assistance to achieve this. Not all manifestations or misbehaviors will be outgrown by your child, especially if it is triggered by an emotional condition. It is critical to seek professional help when they exhibit the signs that may indicate “possibilities” that you must be seriously concerned about. This includes depression, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, CD, as well as poor self-esteem and eating disorders.


Red Flags to Spot: When to Seek Professional Help

If there is one person who knows your child very well, it is you. This puts you in the position to distinguish the changes in their responses and behaviors. Because young children are not verbally equipped to express their feelings, watch out for their outward manifestations that will reveal their moods, thoughts and feelings. An occasional bad temper flare is totally natural, but frequent meltdowns are not. Getting into trouble with other children is expected sometimes, but it isn’t when coming home with torn clothes is becoming the norm.

Alarming symptoms can also present themselves in the form of medical conditions. Do not take their frequent complaints of headaches or stomachaches lightly. These can cause them to miss classes and the opportunity to learn and be at par with their classmates. Not only will this prevent them from attending school, these can also steal their fun/happiness for the day or days. If their aches are persistent and there seems to be no medical cause for it, it would be wise to see a counselor or therapist.

Sleeplessness and other sleep problems, not eating well or overeating, and refusal to go to school or interact with other people are some signs you must not ignore, as well. Since children can’t always express to you what’s wrong with them, pay attention to manifestations that are unusual, such as excessive clumsiness, irritability and tantrums. When any of these telltale signs and symptoms are observed, it is time to see a counselor or therapist.


Boosting Your Child’s Emotional Health

Childhood can bring about happy experiences for your little one that can inspire him/her for the rest of his/her life. What can mar all that is poor emotional health that can prevent them from being equipped with certain tools, such as emotional and social skills. Considering the emotional upheavals that they will go through growing up, they need these skills to sail through childhood and adolescence, and beyond, with success.

You are in the position to reinforce your child’s emotional health. Aside from the love and care, support them with the right kind of assistance – the qualified help of an experienced counselor/therapist independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – North Fayetteville Office – Fayetteville, NC. When you observe certain red flag symptoms, seek help immediately. The earlier they are diagnosed and treated, the faster they can bounce back and have a happier childhood.

Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services

Counties: Cumberland, Bladen and Sampson Counties, NC
Areas: Fayetteville NC, Ft Bragg NC, Pope Field NC, Sliver City NC, Linden NC, Bowmore NC, Autryville NC, Bunnlevel NC, Erwin NC, Dundarrach NC, Pineview NC, Rex NC, Lemon Springs NC, Johnsonville NC, Eastover NC, Stedman NC and Wade, NC
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FayettevilleNC 28311

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  • Becky Clark, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Anxiety, Depression, Individuals, Couples, Geriatrics, Criminal Justice, Stress Management, Loss and Grief related to death, disability, divorce, deployment, “empty nest”, retirement and other major life transitions
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