Children are increasingly affected by mental illnesses. They have increased rapidly over the last 15 years and have become a real epidemic. The statistics are disturbing. Currently, 1 in 5 children are living with a mental illness. There has been an increase in ADHD of over 40%, and teenage depression has increased by more than 35%.
Finally, the suicide rate among children aged 10 to 14 increased by 200%. What happens to them?
Parenting would be important in the development of some mental illnesses in children:
WHO ARE THE RESPONSIBLES?
Many parents blame school systems for not seeing what is happening in children, but schools can not be responsible for it all. Research shows that parental style can also have a huge impact on a child’s brain development, leading to the development of mental illness.
The problem could be that children no longer have the healthy childhood of old. Their parents work so much that they are emotionally unavailable and unable to give them the support they need. Children no longer have important responsibilities in the house. They do not sleep enough at night either because of the technology or because of the lack of hours at home. All of these factors are bad for our children’s childhood.
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE TO SOLVING THIS PROBLEM?
As parents, we must begin to assume certain responsibilities for our children. Most parents must show their children that they are not their friends, but their parents. They must start using the discipline, or the children will believe that all is due to them and when things do not go as planned, that’s when they will crack.
Changing your parenting style can help solve this. Most parents do not use the word “no” with their children, which only leads to behavior in school and in public that is displaced. If parents intensify their efforts and tell their children what they can and can not do, their behavior will change.
Going out with our kids is another way to make them smile and enjoy life. Hiking, camping and walking can help children be happy and grateful for what they have around them at home and in the wild. Finally, the establishment of a fixed schedule for sleeping is imperative. This includes stopping bedtime technology. This will help children sleep better and be in the middle of the day.
Amy E. Tiller, B.S, et al, “The Influence of Parenting Styles on Children’s Cognitive Development»,
Families and Work Institute, Rethinking the Brain: New Insights into Early Development,
Amber Lewis, “Every Parent-Child Interaction Shapes the Brain»,