Children’s wellbeing is connected to their parents’ (mental and physical) wellbeing more than any other influence in their lives and parents and children do not exist in isolation. Our upbringing and family life shapes us, gives us context to the world around us – our community, culture, education, values, and our behaviour.
Support for Family Wellbeing offers parents the opportunity to increase their sense of self efficacy, improve their insight and understanding of what is happening in their family, and develop skills to improve their own wellbeing while improving the wellbeing of their children. For example, setting goals and exploring feelings and behaviours.
Improved family wellbeing can play a significant role in enabling connections and friendships to develop, reducing isolation and strengthening family bonds. Family Emotional health and wellbeing describes how we think, feel and relate to ourselves and others and how we look at the world around us.
Having good emotional health affects our ability to manage, communicate, and form and sustain relationships. It also gives us resilience to cope with change and major life events such as the birth of a new baby, bereavement, job loss or divorce.
Good family emotional health and wellbeing is not only about feeling confident and happy, it is also about being positively engaged and having a strong sense of self esteem. There is significant evidence that good emotional health and wellbeing also contributes to good physical health.