When a child is spending so much time scrolling down the screen looking, comparing, and ingesting this “false” narrative how as parents can we protect them, redirect, and monitor how they are feeling?
There are so many things today that can contribute to your child feeling less then, feeling anxious and feeling depressed especially during this past year. We know genetics and environment plays a huge role in mental health. Research has also shown that people with parents or siblings who have depression are up to three times more likely to have the condition.
While, I have never struggled with depression or have felt anxiety for a long period of time, I have witnessed it closer than I would of liked to over the years.
Life is always going to present times that are less than perfect and troubling and everyone handles those times differently, and sometimes there is no situation at all. As parents we have to watch how our children respond to these times and ask ourselves is this a situational circumstance or something substantially more.
Parenting is a 24/7 responsibility and watching the signs and symptoms that our children present to us allows us the opportunity to help support them, love them through it and seek the help that they may need.There should be no negative stigma around mental health. I think as a society we have to realize that Mental Fitness should be just as or more important that physical fitness . Today there is a highway of information out there to help and resources near and far, just remember as a parent you are in the driver’s seat.
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