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Our Lady and St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School Part of the Mater Christi Multi-Academy Trust

Emotional Health


Positive emotional health not only prevents mental ill health but also allows children to enjoy life, believe in their abilities and cope with life’s ups and downs. It helps children to think clearly, develop socially, learn new skills and build self-esteem.


Tip 1: It’s all right to cry sometimes. Children need to learn how to recognise and cope with their own feelings, try not to tell your child how they feel.


Tip 2: Children love to be praised. They thrive on it. They love to please you and are often desperate for your approval. Like you, they try much harder when you focus on the positive.


Tip 3: Remember to give compliments. If you live with compliments you are more likely to feel good about yourself and give those compliments to others. Self-esteem is vital.


Tip 4: Make sure your child knows you love them and are proud of them. Remember to praise your child for trying not just succeeding. Doing so helps young children to feel safe and comforted.


Tip 5: Encourage them to talk to you whilst also being able to really listen and responding in a sensitive way to all kinds of things – not just nice things, but also anger, embarrassment, sadness or fear.


Tip 6: What goes on in the family will have a massive impact on your child. They may need help in managing changes or coping with challenges. Be aware of how it must feel for them


Information to provide parenting support.

Wide range of downloadable publications on keeping children safe with you or out alone.

Information for parents on keeping children safe and emotional wellbeing

Bereavement website for children and their parents. Downloadable resources available.

Information for parents and young people on all aspects of mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Website for parents and young people about sleep and how to get a good sleep routine.

NHS advice and information about talking to your child about feelings.

Leaflet for parents identifying key stages in your child’s emotional development from The Child Psychotherapy Trust.

Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people aged 11-18.

Information about Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and My Time in Cumbria