Are Our Kids Mentally Healthy? (How To Assess And What To Do About It)

Apr 27, 2023

As parents, we want the best for our children. However, in today’s world, we are faced with new challenges when it comes to our children’s mental health. The news is flooded with child mental health crises, and a recent survey found that child mental health is the #1 concern among parents right now.

In this episode, I dive deep into this important topic and share practical tips that can help. We know how tough it can be to assess our children’s mental well-being, primarily when they cannot communicate their feelings. That’s why we discuss how to identify signs of stress or anxiety and offer insights into what we can do to support our children through these challenges.

We also explore the academic pressure children face and its impact on their mental health. It’s understood that you want your child to succeed, but we also know how important it is to prioritize their mental well-being. I offer advice on supporting your child academically while creating a balanced and healthy environment at home.

Finally, we discuss the impact of busy schedules on our children’s well-being. We know how easy it is to get caught up in a hectic routine, but we also know that a healthy schedule is critical to our children’s mental health. We provide practical tips for creating a balanced schedule that supports your child’s mental health and overall well-being.

The three topics I discuss in this episode are:

– We need to understand how to asses our children’s mental well-being
– We need to address the academic pressures
– We need to consider our children’s schedules

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VanFleet, R., Sywulak, A. E., & Sniscak, C. C. (2010). Child-centered play therapy. Guilford Press.
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Bratton, S. C., Landreth, G. L., Kellam, T., & Blackard, S. R. (2006). Child parent relationship therapy (CPRT) treatment manual: A 10-session filial therapy model for training parents. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
Benedict, Helen. Themes in Play Therapy. Used with permission to Heartland Play Therapy Institute.

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