The emotional health of a child impacts the parent for better or worse, new research shows.
One of the things I hear more often than anything else as a mentor for young adults is parents asking for help with their
Parenting expert Alyson Schafer and Gale Brown from Kids Help Phone reveal what to look for.
I thought I could just "think positive" myself out of it, and when that didn't work I tried to make myself as perfect as I could. I was fooling myself. Publicly I wore a mask of the cheery girl I used to be, privately I was barely keeping my head above water. That's when suicide entered my mind. It was like my new obsession.
We all have ups and downs. Some people are very moody and emotionally intense. How does a parent separate the normal swings of a youth's tumultuous life from a real depression that needs treatment?
Every parent's worst and unimaginable nightmare is losing their child...On the surface many think how could this intelligent, beautiful, popular teenager take her own life. The reality is life can change in a moment and that decision making can never be reversed. What drives me crazy are the parents that look at Madeline's situation as an anomaly and think that this could never happen to my child... It's an irreversible decision that can shatter your family and alter your life forever.
Maddie's last act was one of selflessness and not of selfishness. That is my belief substantiated by the tears that have flowed endlessly since that fateful night. We are not even close to understanding how these angels feel or the pain that they must be enduring. We must start to hold these delicate youths with greater compassion and not with misunderstanding and trepidation.
There are times I miss you so much, it makes me want to scream. There are times I get so angry, it makes me want to punch a wall. There are times I remember how we laughed like idiots and it makes me smile. There are times I get so sad; I just want to hug you again.
High school students with high levels of gratitude reported having stronger marks, less depression and envy, and a more positive outlook than less grateful teens. But gratitude is like a muscle -- it needs regular exercise.
You cannot flip open a newspaper, a magazine or scan Facebook without noticing the rise in anxiety and depression amongst young teens and adults. Many articles call it an epidemic, documented by a severe spike in suicides, prescriptions and counselling appointments on university campuses. I'm seeing that the new literature is calling for a change in how we parent and coach our kids in the early years. We cannot start the inoculation in their teens; the time is now.