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comforting children through open conversation

Loving dad comforting his crying child.

Mental health is equally as important as physical health. Children and adolescents are in rather difficult stages of their lives. They are figuring out life and discovering who they are. These are their prime years. They are surrounded by a lot of people (especially at school) who influence their behaviors and thinking patterns. Some of these influences may be negative. It’s imperative that parents are asking how their kids are feeling daily.

Expressing Emotions

Children need to feel comfortable enough to express their feelings. If they know you are approachable and you care about their well-being, they will most likely tell you if there is something weighing on their shoulders. Anxiety and depression are more common now than ever. Sometimes there are warning signs, but other times there aren’t any visible signs. Children are good at hiding what they do not want to show. Sometimes they don’t want to worry parents or burden others with their problems.

Signs Something Is Wrong

Sleeping issues, headaches, upset stomach, and inability to focus are a few physical symptoms that there may be a deeper issue lurking in your child’s life. You may want to ask them who they are hanging out with if you suspect there could be bullying happening at school. You can ask them if they feel worried or sad.

Don’t Judge Your Children

Try not to judge them or worry them even more if they do open up about negative emotions or experiences they have been dealing with. Instill hope in them and be a positive influence in their lives by letting them know everything will be okay. It can be scary to hear that your child is hurting. The best course of action is to help immediately. There is a permanent solution to mental health issues by going to therapy and discussing in-depth the experiences and emotions that are taking place in your child’s life. Counselors will help your child by giving them tips on how to deal with these emotions and experiences.

Ensure to Check-In With Your Children Daily

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