Parental Well-Being and Parental Mental Health

Written by: Harmandeep Kaur Grewal – MA (Psychology)

Last updated date : October 12, 2022

Table of Contents Article title – Coping with Bullying (teens)
  1. Chapter 1

  2. Chapter 2

  3. Chapter 3

  4. Chapter 4

  5. Chapter 5

  6. Chapter 6

  7. Chapter 7

  8. Chapter 8

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Parental well-being and mental health are very important as it affects the child’s well-being. Your child will have healthy mental and physical well-being when you are healthy. It is difficult for an unhealthy parent to deal with children in the right manner. Moreover, they need support and care for themselves let alone taking care of their children. It is not easy to have a parent who suffers from depression and anxiety. Your parental well-being is important for the well-being of children. Moreover, parental mental health is essential for children’s overall health.

Additionally, parents who are healthy mentally and physically are capable of taking care of their children. In contrast, if you are a parent with mental health issues then it could be difficult to take care of your child. For instance, if you have depression and mania then how will you take care of your baby. Moreover, you will need constant supervision. And your child will not be in good hands. He needs to grow up in a safe and secure environment. But you see mental health disorder patients as a parent is a liability. It has been observed that children with schizophrenia develop many problems.

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Chapter 1:
Parental Well-Being

Parental well-being and parental mental health are important factors for the well-being of children.

As a parent, you know you have many challenges to face. But your health is a very important factor. You need to be healthy to look after children. A mentally unhealthy person will be unable to do his or her tasks properly. For instance, you have depression and need to take care of your daughter. Moreover, you lose focus and forget things. Then you will forget to give her food. And not able to pick her up from the care center. Also, she will be exposed to dangerous situations when left alone. Therefore, you are not in a position to take care of your child. You need to take care of yourself before your child. Likewise, get treated and take responsibility for the child.

Additionally, you should communicate well with your partner. And, you should manage your stress. SO that your worries and relationship do not affect your child negatively. When you are a parent you have a huge obligation to your child and you cannot run from it. Therefore take care of yourself and be safe. You cannot expect someone else to take care of you. But you have a duty to yourself.

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Chapter 2:
Enhancing Parental Mental Health

We should work on enhancing our well-being. Parental well-being and parental mental health are important factors for the well-being of children.

  • First of all, you need to take care of yourself. Only then you can help your child. Moreover, your depression and anxiety will have a spillover effect on children. ANd they will develop many problems.
  • Secondly, you can increase your social circle. And increase your sense of belongingness and self-worth. Therefore, you will feel connected to the world. And not alone and lonely.
  • Third of all, You need to emotionally support your partner. As it will help you both to cope with any problem. When you and your partner are happy and satisfied then you can become a good parent. As you will not be angry and hostile to the baby. And take care of the needs of the child.
  • Next of all, you need to exercise regularly to keep your mind and body healthy. Do not delay your workout.
  • Fifthly you can learn new things in life. And become confident in yourself. This way you can earn some living while taking care of your child.
  • Furthermore, you need to develop kindness for others. As it will help you build positive regard and self-esteem.

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Chapter 3:
The Mental Health of Parents Affects Children

You need to know that parental mental health will affect children. Parental well-being and parental mental health are important factors for the well-being of children. Therefore, you need to manage your issues before taking care of your children.

You see, your mental health is related to the mental health of your child. Furthermore, you need to eat healthy to stay strong. Then you can take care of your baby. If you eat unhealthily and get sick then what will you give your children to eat? Moreover, you need to be a serious person to take responsibility for your child. You see children are strong and they can overcome short-termed problems. If you have a temporary illness and then you recover then it is nothing and our child will come out of the situation. In contrast, if you have a chronic issue and you repeat your bad behavior then children may not be able to cope with it.

Children, you know internalize and think that they are responsible for the illness of their parents. And they develop low self-esteem and guilt. Moreover, there is a chance of depression and anxiety in children. Furthermore, children are exposed to repeated abuse and suffering. This could lead to problems for their future.

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Chapter 4:
Mental Health Problems

There are many mental issues that people suffer from. Parental well-being and parental mental health are important factors for the well-being of children. So, these should be treated before taking care of any children.

First of all, many parents have anxiety problems. And they could not focus. Moreover, you will see your heart beating faster, and heavy breathing is present. Furthermore, you cannot perform normal tasks due to your condition. Therefore you need assistance and help. How will you take care of your children in such a situation? Will you depend entirely on your parents? Or will you adjust and take treatment for your problem before becoming a problem. Next of all, when you have children and develop anxiety then you can manage your issues. You should not deny your issues as your problem will get bigger. Therefore seek help and do not be scared.

Secondly, depression is present in many people. ANd parents with depression will not be good caretakers. Because you see, with depression you will yourself need care. And then your child needs constant attention and care. How will you provide for the child? If you are lucky and your partner is supportive then you can somehow manage. But every person is busy earning their livelihood. And no one is prepared to take on extra duties of another person. Because it is not physically possible to shoulder too much burden.

Next of all, many mothers face the problem of panic attacks. It renders them useless as a parent if their attacks are frequent. Because they are not in a position to take care of another human being.

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Chapter 5:
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