There is few that would argue the high burden a mother’s depression and anxiety places upon her children and teenagers because it is associated with a host of behavioral and emotional problems. However, the situation is considerably worse if dad is also depressed. Just 6% of kids with two mentally healthy parents have psychological problems. That number rises to 11% if dad is depressed and 19% if mom is depressed. If both parents have Depression it means one fourth of these children will have significant emotional and behavioral problems. So while we understandably worry about our kids’ mental health we would best serve them by taking care of ourselves first.
Gretchen Reynolds’ New York Times article shares new research behind the process of how exercise improves cognition while Denene Miller encourages parents to fight for the fourth “R” because among other things 42% of kids get most of their exercise from recess.