Posted: 23 February 2015

How to support your child’s well-being: Take notice

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

Just 5% of children who notice and enjoy  their surroundings most days or every day report low well-being– this  rises to 33% for children who never or hardly ever  do so.

What you can do

We shouldn’t underestimate how differently children see and  interact with the  world around them. Our rubbish is their treasure, a slug can be a friend, and  stick them under a duvet with a torch and  it’s a whole new universe.This also means that their surroundings have a real impact on their well-being. So while we’d all like to go on holiday more often, day trips to different types of places can help too. These could include city farms, local forests, thecoast, even different parts of town can all help them to ‘spread out’ and enjoy a more varied environment.

The ability to live in the  moment also turns out  to be an important factorin their well-being. So as parentsit’s important to nurture this  quality rather than discourage it. It’s not easy, especially when the  clock’s ticking, but  it’s good to keep in mind.

‘I like listening to music because when I’m angry it helps me to calm  down’. Dee, aged 8

Finally, encouraging them to pay attention to their feelings and showing them how to process their emotions in a positive way is probably one  of the  most valuable lessons you can  pass on to your children. We know from  our years of work with children that valuing their thoughts and ideas is one  of the  sure ways of helping them to make real changes in their lives. 

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By Katie Debra - Digital team
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