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What if you’re worried about your child’s mental health?

Video: Claire Usiskin from YoungMinds talks about warning signs parents should look for and how you can respond if you're concerned about your child's mental health

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How setting personal goals can boost your child’s self-esteem

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‘What do you hope to achieve?’ ‘What do you want to become good at?’ As daunting as those questions may be, studies have shown that we are much more likely to accomplish the things we want to do if we set out clear goals

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Are gender stereotypes holding back your child?

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Men are big and strong and women are slender and delicate, right? Well, no, in fact - these stereotypes aren’t borne out by scientific evidence.

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When your child is being bullied over their appearance

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More than half of 11 to 16 year-olds have been bullied about their looks, according to a recent survey of children in England and Wales, and 40% of children are targeted at least once a week.

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Why your child’s friends may not always be good for them – and how to help

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It can be difficult to stand against this peer pressure. The Dove Self Esteem Project’s Uniquely Me Parent Guide has lots of ideas, which you can download for free, for how to help your child not feel bullied by other people’s ideas about how they should look.

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Self-esteem starts at home: three ways to boost your child’s body confidence

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We all have doubts about the way we look from time to time - children and adults alike. But sometimes these niggling doubts can develop into serious and lasting low self-esteem.

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Talking to your child about fake images

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It’s easy for young people to overlook the many ways in which online images may be fake - so it’s important to talk to them about why people filter their lives in this way, and what effect it’s likely to have.

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How diet affects self-esteem

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Airbrushed, edited online images can give young people an unrealistic idea of how they ought to look. As a result, teenagers may diet in an effort to look more like the pictures of celebs and influencers that they see online.

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Building your child’s self-esteem through physical activity

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Exercise is a great way to stay healthy, improve mental wellbeing and learn new skills. Whether it’s a simple jog or being on the school netball team, it’s all worth it. 

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Bullying: a parent's guide. What if my child is bullying another child?

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Scotland's anti-bullying service, Respect Me, offers parents advice on how to help children caught up in bullying behaviour online or off

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Helping your child cope with media coverage of traumatic events

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With graphic images being shown on the front pages of newspapers and on daily news bulletins, even very young children are exposed to upsetting information. 

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Self-harm: facts for parents

What do you do when you discover your child is self-harming? Consultant psychiatrist Dr Andrew Hill-Smith offers advice on how you can help your child

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