We genuinely understand the worries that first-time dads deal with these days. You see your friends’ kids glued to a smartphone or tablet all day, and you fear that your child will develop similar habits in the future. When you think of how creative the bullies are getting, to the point that they use social media to victimize people, you worry about your kid being on the receiving end of that.
Toddlers can easily become emotionally flooded. When emotions overwhelm them, they might throw a tantrum, yell, or cry uncontrollably. — Amy Quinn, MA, MS, LMFT
If there is something that’s scarier than technology or bullying, though, that is none other than depression. This mental disorder typically saps the energy off adults and hinders them from living their lives. In case a mere child acquires the same condition, what are the odds of him or her getting rid of a disease that even independent adults can hardly handle?
Try not to be so confident about your children not being prone to depression since according to a Center for Disease Control and Prevention report, it is the fourth most common mental health problem of kids between the ages of three and 17. The disease can develop anytime, especially if parents like yourself only see what they want to believe.
From the get-go, you should acknowledge the factors that might depress your kids. E.g., the family moved to a different city or country, they have to find new friends or you and your spouse are finalizing your divorce. These are the kinds of circumstances that you cannot reserve, but it will help them cope with the new situation if you address such trigger factors early.
Most parents hope for their children to grow up behaving with decency, emotional openness, affection, non-defensiveness, and other positive attributes. It’s crucial for parents to model these qualities and behaviors for their children. — Johannes Kieding, LCSW
Do Everything As A Family
Kids do well when they see the entire family bonding over everything. For instance, in the morning, you have breakfast together and leave the house at the same time. After dinner, you commune in the living room to chat about how everyone’s day went by. As for the household chores, all the family members have individual tasks to finish.
Lessen Their Access To Technology
When children start using the internet before they can walk or talk, there is a high possibility that that’s all they will want to do while growing up. Their idea of fun is playing video games or watching YouTube stuff. They develop an interest in social media channels as well, and they might ask you to create a Facebook or Instagram account for them sooner than later.
If you let this matter to go on, though, your kids may not know how to make friends. They will find it hard to maintain relationships in the real world. That will eventually push them down the depression lane, for sure.
Our relationships are enriched when we allow our genuine curiosity to drive authentic questions about our children’s lives and experiences, and when we acknowledge and validate their perspectives. — Jon Lasser, Ph.D.
There is no reservation in our minds that you love your children more than anyone on this planet. You are willing to do everything to see them succeed and be happy in life. Hence, it should not be too challenging for you to follow the tips above to protect them against depression.
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade; covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com/advice. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to target subjects related to anxiety and depression specifically.
As an editor, contributor, and writer for over 100 online publications Marie has covered topics related to depression, anxiety, stress, grief, various phobias, and difficult family circumstances. With regular content published on mental health authorities like TheMighty, Yahoo, GoodMenProject, ADAA, CCPA-ACCP, Silverts, AMHCA, etc... Marie has shown both her passion and dedication to discussing & educating topics related to mental health and wellness.
With an understanding that there is never too much information and helpful research about mental health in all of its forms, she continues to look for new and creative ways to both start discussions & engage with others about these important topics.
Before becoming an online researcher and writer, she worked as an Administrative Executive with different industries namely telecom, security workforce providers, trading companies, exclusive hotel and concierge services. After ten years of working in different industries, she decided to enter the world of freelancing in able to give more time to her precious daughter. Given this opportunity, it helped her discover and realize that she is both capable and passionate about expressing her opinions in creative and influential ways via writing.
Marie Miguel is a loyalty awardee of St. Paul College where she spent her primary and secondary education. She holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Computer Applications from De La Salle University - College of St. Benilde where she was also on the Dean's List for consecutive semesters during her college years.
"My Philosophy on Mental Health & Wellness"
It takes passion for being an expert researcher and writer of mental health related topics. Having lived through traumatic experiences in the past, it has become easier to express my opinions and findings I've discovered while researching a variety of situations and subjects. I aim to inspire every person that reads mental health & wellness related articles to provide hope in every struggle; just as my experiences have taught me. Additionally, I strive to contribute to the continual progression of mental health awareness by providing helpful information and significant resources to understand further the importance of keeping a healthy mind and well-being.