How are you doing with the school season starting up again?
You know, I’ve been thinking a lot about kids’ behaviors because they’re definitely different than when you and I were growing up. I mean…they don’t do much outside!
That’s so weird to me. I actually kicked my two teens out of the house for an hour hoping they would take a walk or come up with some type of activity to spend the hour.
Do you know what they did?
THEY SAT AT THE FRONT DOOR. THE. ENTIRE. HOUR!
Can you believe that?!
And, YES! I took their devices.
You see, studies show that being outside for at least 15 minutes around nature helps increase high energy and reduces depression, anxiety, and many other negative mental health effects.
Kids are spending too much time indoors, particularly in their bedrooms. Without having exposure to natural vitamin D (sunlight) and mixing that with always being in front of a screen, kids are more prone to developing social anxiety, depression, and other negative mental health effects.
That's why I check on them every single day. I just do it in sort of sly ways so that I don’t annoy them.
You might think that checking in every day might be excessive, but…
Look, the second cause of death of youth in the U.S. is suicide. NO ONE expects their child to take their life. But, it happens.
That’s why it’s essential to remember that your child's feelings might not always match their words or appearance. Even your little ones are adept at concealing their emotions.
Here are five tips to foster open communication and nurture your child's mental well-being:
By consistently connecting with your kids, you create a safe space for them to confide in you during challenging times.
Do you have additional strategies for tending to a child's mental health?
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