If you think the pandemic is causing adult challenges with respect to social, shopping, job security, etc., you are absolutely correct. But, let’s take a look at our children and what has happened to their lives, from small children who really don’t fully understand the magnitude of the situation as well at teens who need their social time.
Emotions Running High
Regardless of the age of the child, one thing is for certain, there is a definite feeling of overwhelming emotional unrest. Children are more anxious, with extreme feelings of isolation and sadness. Small issues balloon into major outbursts and many mental health professionals believe that children suicide rates are on the rise. This is cause for all parents, all adults, to be especially cognizant of agitated behavior and address it gently…never dismiss it.
Don’t Just Send Your Child to their Room
In the past, when one of our children misbehaves, it was standard practice to punish him or her by sending them to their room for a timeout. While in practice, a cool-down period may be just what is needed, it might be good to adopt some new ways of dealing with outbursts. Our children’s emotional wellness is being challenged, so sending them off to their room to deal with their issues is not such a great idea (more isolation). Instead, try some kindness and understanding. Ask little Johnny if there is something else that is troubling him. We can’t tell our children how to cope but we can let them know we are here to help them. Talk openly, ask questions, and don’t judge the answers. Let them express their feelings honestly.
If you have a child that is struggling with isolation and sadness, we have some amazing therapists that can help you and your child find some ways of finding peach together. Reach out to us for personalized counseling and therapy at one of our six convenient locations or via text, video, or phone. Let us help you and your children start on journey to better mental health!