top of page

Parenting a Mentally Healthy Teenager

How can we raise our teenagers in the environment where anything and everything can be easily

exposed to them. Ironically, with all the technology we are given, our teenagers are supposed to feel

more connected instead they feel more isolated and disconnected? Because of the immature

exposure, our teenagers are learning the ropes of coping with societal standards, social standards,

beauty standards, parents, friends and finding their identity all at the same time. In this article we

will share how we can try to stay connected with our teens and help them to manage their mental


Raising a mentally healthy teenager is a crucial aspect of parenting, as the teenage years are a period

of significant growth and development. Adolescence is a time of change, both physically and

emotionally, and it can be a challenging time for both teenagers and parents. However, with the

right guidance and support, parents can help their teenagers navigate this period and promote

mental well-being.

First and foremost, communication is key when it comes to promoting mental health in teenagers.

Parents should strive to maintain open and honest lines of communication with their teenager,

creating a safe space for them to express their thoughts and feelings without judgment. By actively

listening, showing empathy and understanding, parents can help build trust and strengthen their

relationship with their children.

Secondly, it is also important for parents to be aware of the signs of mental health issues in

teenagers, such as changes in behaviour, mood swings, social withdrawal, or a decline in academic

performance. If parents notice any concerning signs, it is essential to address them promptly and

seek professional help if needed. Early intervention can make a significant difference in managing

mental health issues and preventing them from escalating.

Furthermore, parents can help promote mental well-being in teenagers by encouraging healthy

habits and routines. This includes promoting regular exercises, a balanced diet, and sufficient sleep,

all of which play a crucial role in maintaining good mental health. Additionally, parents can help

teenagers manage stress by teaching them healthy coping strategies, such as engaging in hobbies

that they enjoy, breathing exercises and many more.

Supporting our teenagers in building strong social connections is also important for their mental

health. Encouraging teenagers to participate in extracurricular activities, sports, or community

service can help them develop friendships and a sense of belonging, which are vital for mental well-

being. Parents can also foster a supportive environment at home by spending quality time together

as a family and creating opportunities for meaningful conversations and shared experiences.

Lastly, it is very important for parents to model positive behaviour and self-care practices for their

teenagers. By prioritizing their own mental health and well-being, parents can set a good example

for their children and demonstrate the importance of self- care.

All of our teenagers want a role model, or a parental figure to guide them. Sometimes as parents we

think that we should be their friend, however we need to know that they can make as many friends

as they want outside of home, but they cannot make another mother or father outside. The

approaches we use for the above can come from a friendly approach but we have to remember we

are still the parental figure who can guide them through life.


bottom of page