As more and more parents are aware of issues that may come up in the lives of their children, Suicide is one topic where most parents don’t want to talk about. The reality is they should! Talking is one of the keys to preventing any daunting situations in your home.
We know that Suicide is but one of the leading causes of death in teens today. The amounts of children facing issues with isolation, depression, and other mental health-related conditions only make this event more complicated for parents to be more worried. Adding COVID-19 to this, the situation for children and teens bring in more cause for concern for parents and professionals. It’s up to us to pay attention to our children and get them help as soon as possible.
Here is how you can help your child!
Stop Comparing Your Kids
Don’t be that parent and making them feel more inadequate than they feel. Remember to remind your teens that no one is perfect. No one is the same and each person is different. Reminding them that everyone’s strengths will make them a better person. Also, it is ok to be different
Teach Your Kids Time Management
Start encouraging teens to set goals for each day, prioritize daily tasks, break large assignments into smaller steps or goals. Begin teaching them to, work for designated periods and take breaks, and use a reminder system for deadlines. Teaching them young will help them to become productive adults.
Teach Your Kids How to Relax
Teach your teens to take time to fill their “anti-stress toolbox” with healthy ways to relax. This could be as simple as talking to trusted friends, licensed professionals, or watching something funny.
Sleep & Exercise is Important
Making sure Children & Teens are getting adequate sleep, eating well, and exercising to regulate mood and energy levels will help them keep at bay with problems that may arise in their day today. Make one change to help your child do better.
Teach them Resilience
Supporting teens during these times of uncertainty and helping them to build a stronger backbone through tough situations.
Keep an Open Dialogue
Having important conversations with teens about challenging topics such as body changes, sexting, smoking, planning for the future, and more. The open-door policy will help them feel comfortable in speak with you on sensitive issues.
Parents playing close attention to signs of depressions will help you to see if your child will be at risk. These tips will not only help you but in the end help your child when they need it the most. Remember you are never alone when you need help. Do not wait to get help to seek professional support for your child if you find they are struggling. Today is so easy to get help and you never have to leave your house.
So tell me, Where else can parents look to keeping their children safe?
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