I can’t believe I have an 8th Grader and High School Senior.
Clearly, this is the most difficult mental health month on record. Many of us worry covid-19 mental health effects could be a pandemic as well. However, most children are likely to bounce back and could become more resilient if this is only short term. Teens will undoubtedly struggle more with the added stress. Much of our kids’ resiliency will be tied to the safety and security of their families. Our hope is this pandemic is short term. But it will affect kids in different ways and they will remember it differently depending on their age. I am here to help you, your children and teenagers become more resilient and develop stronger coping skills. Resiliency and coping skills to carry with them long after this pandemic is over.
It’s no secret both kids and adults do not fair well with uncertainty. For our kids it’s the loss of normalcy, routines, peer and teacher relationships, isolation and lack of activity. When they struggle we see changes in their mood and behavior. Here are 10 mental health signs to look out for in your kids.
Mark McConville in the Wall Street Journal writes that parenting isn’t over when your children ‘launch’ to college or a job. More and more young adults continue to rely on the support of their parents. The real challenge is how to help them without undermining their independence.
Lydia Denworth’s excellent article synthesizing her book on our kids’ friendships and their neurobiology. Friendship is a more influential force for our kids than most of us realize. Brain research is proving friendships dramatic effects on such things as peer pressure, social buffering and the prevention or exacerbation of stress and mental health disorders.
Successful kids have parents who do these five things according to Christine DesMarais in Inc Magazine.
China has implemented an online video game curfew for minors in order to prevent addiction to gaming and to protect their physical and mental health. Game companies cannot let minors younger than age 18 play on their online game networks between 10:00PM and 8:00AM. What are all these kids supposed to do now? Sleep?