By Amy Williams, Guest Blogger
Unfortunately, depression in children is real. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry estimates that 5 percent of all children suffer from depression.Blog Image: FiveStar Rating: 0
Greet your children’s friends when you see them, using the name or nickname they prefer. Ask how they’re doing.
Don’t let anyone in your family (including you) watch too much television. Encourage your children to spend their time doing interesting and meaningful activities—some with you, some with their friends, some by themselves.
If you tell your child there will be a specific consequence for a certain behavior, be prepared to follow through. Empty threats will teach your child that you “don’t really mean it” when you set boundaries.
Help your child set daily homework goals and suggest a comfortable location where studying will be easier.
Involve your children in decisions about family spiritual activities.
Make sure your child isn’t over- or under-scheduled. Your child also needs downtime at home, as well as time with you.
Help your kids to set healthy boundaries so that when someone pressures them to do something against their values and beliefs, they’re more likely to say no.