Why Mental health of kids is also important?
Blogchatter is the first community that I started my association with as a blogger and it stays close to my heart always. The team at the Blogchatter have become good friends to me over a course of time. And, I always try to take part in at least a few of their campaigns every year. This year the #CauseaCharter topics have excited me as most of the topics given there are close to my heart.
- Mental Health talk
- Environmental talk
- Gender talk
As a parent, I had seen the deterioration in the Mental Health of kids during this lockdown. It has added a lot of additional stress and anxiety in children, which has not been discussed in detail yet. As a parent of a single child, I faced another set of issues due to the non-availability of peers or the extended family to support us through this lockdown, which affected my kid in both positive and negative ways. No wonder our ancestors used to say the following:
The Child can’t be reared alone, but it takes a village to raise the child.UnKnown
In the lockdown, when we are all isolated from others, it’s very difficult to provide the required social interactions for the kids, which is very vital for their growth and well being. So, as my child was missing his peers and extended family, we had to work doubly hard to provide that much-needed comfort.
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Only our slow parenting techniques like Montessori Parenting came to my rescue and I was lucky enough to have access to the experienced Montessorians, who have done their research in Child Psychology as well. So through my mentors and guides, I was able to overcome a few of the problems that we faced. So, that’s the reason why I had decided to talk about Mental Health for kids this year. As we all know that “Happy Kids of today will become Happy Citizens of tomorrow”
Also, when I started my child psychology training late last year, I understood that most of the children are not having enough life skills to manage themselves in the future. As they are getting overburdened with the pressure of studies and extra circular activities. So, that’s another reason for us to start our comic series my child’s blog (Shravmusings) to highlight the importance of these life skills in a story-like manner to kids.
The moment, someone says that we are going to talk about Mental Health for Kids, immediately most of us jump to the conclusion that we might be talking about Autism, ADHD, or Down’s syndrome, or something like that. Honestly, I am not a trained psychologist to talk about any of those big problems. So I am not qualified or experienced enough to talk about that kind of problem. All I am going to discuss in this series are the day to day problems that we as parents face while raising our kids. These problems are also being discussed by Child Psychologists online, but many of us are not aware. So, I am planning to provide my experience and a parent’s angle to these issues.
It can be as simple as their fears, or anxiety issues or their aggressive behavior, or talking back to us. Or it can be a little more complicated on handling the bullying at school or outside, facing peer pressures, etc. So stay tuned for my #MentalHealthforKids series this year as a part of #CauseAChatter with Blogchatter.
Please do share any issues or the triumphs you had while raising your kids, as most of those issues which I had mentioned earlier would have been faced by many of us in the comments below.