Mental health is a serious problem among children and sometimes among the grown up kids too and experts suggest to handle the situation with care and helpful nature. Below are some of those discussed and the tips have been taken from the counselling of Charity Young Minds, which is an organization focused on improving the well being and mental health of younger people. Parents should read and follow the below guidelines carefully to gradually bring the kids out of such mental illness.
Give enough time to the phase
It is usually seen the difficult behavior is short lived and so it is suggested parents must give time to it. Examples of such feeling of anxious or angry include crying, sleeping problem, fighting with siblings or friends, tantrums and more. Family support is needed to help the kids deal with such new emotions.
Talk to the kids
It is true young children can understand feelings so it is suggested to give them a chance to talk about their emotional changes. Talk to them gently with examples to show what you mean.
Older children initially don’t want to talk so it is better to let them know that you are concerned. In such cases sending a text message or an email works better than talking face to face. The child may like such way of communication.
Ask your child
Sometimes children are capable of solving their own problems and so it is better to ask them whether they could help.
Speak to other parents
Other parents too may be undergoing same problem with their children. Talk to them about how they are dealing with the issues and whether they have seen positive result of the efforts. Their way and view may be different from the way and view you have and so you may get another idea to handle your child of similar mental illness. Remember, children are very fast in spotting parents’ disagree on any topic. It is suggested to support them and agree what they are doing or what they want. Later you can make them understand that you are concerned.
It is true handling child’s psychology is tough but it is not impossible. Try to understand what your child wants and thereafter make strategies how to tackle those demands. Emotional change is very sensitive and any harsh step of yours may make the situation worse. So it is always suggested to be very soft with them and supportive too.
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