Posted: 18 February 2015

How to support your child’s well-being: Connect

As part of our groundbreaking research into the children's well-being, we have worked with the New Economics Foundation (NEF) to find out what children can do to support their own well-being and how you can help.

What we know

Seven percent of children who talk to their family about things that matter to them on most days or every day have low well-being. But for those who never or hardly ever do so, this rises to 28%.

What you can do: Talk with family. See friends. Share.

One of the hardest things to do as a parent is to slow down and find thetime to talk with and listen to our children, no matter what their age. Unfortunately, the solutions haven’t really changed. Shared mealtimes, fewer hours in front of kids’ TV and finding activities that the family can enjoy together, will all help to support your child’s well-being. The same is true of making the time to spend with extended family.

‘I’d probably want to go with my parents cos you want to have that time with them when you’re young’ - Lucy, age 11

But it’s not just family that matters. We know from our mentoring work, that sometimes having a trusted adult, who perhaps isn’t a relation, to talk to and spend time with, can really help children and teenagers when difficult times arise.

And finally, of course, children’s friendships are vital. Interestingly we found that seeing friends was much better for children than speaking to them either by phone or online. So helping your children to see their friends outside of school, if possible, will make a real difference.

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