What does it mean for parents and carers to look after themselves?
Looking after parents’ and carers’ mental and physical health is just as important as looking after children’s. Some ways parents and carers can look after themselves can be to eat well, exercise regularly and have positive relationships.
Why is it important for children that parents and carers to look after themselves?
When parents and carers are supported to look after themselves (link to ‘Supporting parents and carers to looks after themselves’), they are more likely to feel good. This means they are more able to provide their children with the best care possible. Being healthy helps parents and carers relate to and make good decisions for their children. This promotes positive mental health and wellbeing in children and allows families to enjoy time together.
Children’s mental health and wellbeing is promoted when parents and carers look after themselves.