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Social Networks And Mental Wellness

When most people think of a social network today, the first thing most think of Facebook, Instagram and other digital network. However, at the foundation of digital social networks is the REAL social network — our family, our communities. And a positive social network is an integral part of ensuring mental wellness for all, especially children.

In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world, it is more important than ever to nurture the mental wellness of our children. Mental wellness is a state of well-being in which children can cope with the normal stresses of life, learn joyfully, and feel that they are part of a supportive community.

There are many factors that contribute to children’s mental wellness, including intergenerational relationships and communication skills. Intergenerational relationships are those between children and their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other extended family members. These relationships can provide children with a sense of belonging, support, and love. Communication skills, including writing and sending mail, can help children to express their emotions, connect with others, and build strong relationships.

Intergenerational Relationships and Children’s Mental Wellness

Research has shown that intergenerational relationships can have a positive impact on children’s mental wellness. For example, a study published by NIH found that children who had close relationships with their grandparents were less likely to experience depression and anxiety.

Another study found that children who had regular contact with their extended family members were more likely to have high self-esteem and to be well-adjusted.

Intergenerational relationships can also help children to develop a sense of identity and to learn about their cultural heritage. For example, children who have close relationships with their grandparents may be more likely to learn about their native languages, family history, and traditions that may not be celebrated as publicly as more mainstream festivals.

Communication Skills and Children’s Mental Wellness

Communication skills are essential for children’s mental wellness. Being able to communicate effectively allows children to express their needs and wants, build relationships, and resolve conflict.

Writing and sending mail can be a great way for children to develop their communication skills. When children write letters, they have to think about what they want to say and how they want to say it. They also have to practice their handwriting and spelling skills.

Sending mail can also help children to learn about different cultures and to connect with others who live far away. For example, children can write to distant family members they may have never met such as second-cousins in other countries to learn about their customs and traditions.

Tips for Nurturing Children’s Mental Wellness

Here are some tips for nurturing children’s mental wellness through intergenerational relationships and communication skills:

  • Encourage children to spend time with their extended family members. This could involve visiting their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, or simply having them over for dinner.
  • Help children to learn about their family history and traditions. This could involve sharing stories and photos, or visiting family heirlooms.
  • Encourage children to write letters and send mail to their loved ones. This could be done on a regular basis, or simply for special occasions.
  • Help children to develop their communication skills. This could involve teaching them how to express their emotions, as well as their needs, using verbal and written methods. This would also mean guiding them on how to listen to others, and how to feel comfortable in connecting in situations where they may feel unsure of what to say.

By nurturing children’s intergenerational relationships and communication skills, we can help them to develop the mental wellness they need to thrive in today’s world.

Sources

  • Multigenerational Health Perspectives: The Role of Grandparents’ Influence in Grandchildren’s Wellbeing (Link)
  • The role of intergenerational family stories in mental health and wellbeing (Link)

  • Why Is Our Children’s Mental Health Getting Worse? (Link)

  • Mental Wellbeing, Reading and Writing : How Children and Young People’s Mental Wellbeing Is Related to Their Reading and Writing Experiences (Link)

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