Video games can give us a sense of accomplishment, social interaction, and the ability to immerse ourselves in a whole new world. No matter what though, anything that’s good for you can be unhealthy if done too often or if it prevents you from living a normal life.
Being a teenager is sometimes difficult, no matter what everyone else says. Your teenage years are a confusing and stressful period where you may feel immense pressure to learn about yourself and figure out your future. You might be experiencing puberty, peer pressure, bullying, rejection, struggling to maintain your grades or even trying to preserve your mental health in general.
As a child or a teenager, it may sometimes feel like your parents live in a whole different world than yours. Maybe they can’t understand the things you like, your beliefs, why you make the friends that you do, or why you struggle with certain things that they didn’t when they were your age. In addition to personality differences, this is often because of a generational gap between a parent and their child.
Whether or not we are aware of it, we often avoid completing an important task or assignment because we are worried that it will be too difficult for us. We may put off that big assignment because we are worried that creativity and focus will not come easily, or that it may end up being too much for us to handle. Therefore, in trying to save ourselves from the stress and potential ‘failure’ of starting now, we wait until a later time when the urgency outweighs the fear.
Children and youth who are exposed to domestic violence experience emotional, mental, and social damage that can affect their developmental growth.
Maybe you’ve tried alcohol once or twice yourself, whether because of curiosity, peer pressure, or because your parents let you have a little sip now and then. Though lectures from your parents or other adults about the dangers of alcohol can seem to get old pretty quickly, there’s a reason you should wait until you’re 18.
A key thing to note though, as any young person knows, is that extremely strict parents might just make sneaky children. Open communication can go a much longer way in child protection than strict rules often can.
Self-harm is not very likely to stop after just one conversation, but open, non-judgmental communication with your child is a huge step in the right direction. Be patient and show them that you care.
Around the world, people are adjusting to working from home or being home-schooled. Without a doubt, this can be a challenging experience for most families and staying mentally healthy can become difficult.
Parenting during a pandemic (like COVID-19) can increase the levels of stress experienced by all members of a family. The disruption in daily routines and the anxiety over becoming exposed to this new virus can often lead to interpersonal conflict (for example, domestic violence and child abuse), depression, violence, etc.
As a parent or guardian, have you ever been in a situation where you were too angry or frustrated to respond to your child calmly and positively? Parenting is a demanding but rewarding opportunity to help shape the minds of young persons. Children can make you angry at times and parents need to use techniques that will help them manage their emotions in difficult situations. This is also necessary because the likelihood of a child being abused by their caregivers significantly increases when the persons engaging in the disciplinary actions are angry or feeling overwhelmed by stress.