WHAT DID YOU READ about this morning or hear on the radio on your way into work? These days 9 times out of 10 the answer is just NOT GOOD NEWS. No matter what are personal opinions are about today’s world, politics, and the seemingly continued chaos, the news affects your emotions if you are truly honest with yourself. And more so if you are a parent of a middle schooler or high schooler. Our kids take it all in as much as we do but don’t have the years of experiential living to deal with it.
Studies show that their young minds are getting more and more anxiety ridden and most don’t realize this constant barrage of bad news brings on overwhelming symptoms. We parents are in position to defuse or lighten the emotions of our kids. If you could list the top 4 reasons why our teens and middle schoolers are depressed/anxiety ridden what would that list look like? Anything like this one I researched?
Control of the world around them or no control of their own lives adds to depression and anxiety. Lack of control or too much control affects them. Compared to decades past, today’s social issues, diseases, excess of materialism brings on confusion and the feeling that these impressionable youths have no control over their own lives.
Our kids have no free time anymore for real ‘play’ time; good old fashion spending time outside or enjoying family for just being together. Work and school work and the constant trying to catch up – keeps our tweens and teens frustrated and anxiety filled.
Lack of parents taking on their parent responsibility seriously. There may not be a user manual for how to nurture children; but there is HEART and there is RESPONSIBITY! Some parents try to help their kids with the changing world by pushing them too much to succeed. Other parents are at the other end and don’t care or let their kids opt out of work and their own responsibilities. Kids are hungry to parental love, nurture, hugs, smiles, attention, and being a part of their school lives and goals.
Changing values and lack of morals– anything is tolerant and if it isn’t tolerated it becomes wrong. Kids are developing the “Whatever” attitude in their thoughts and language. It really means what it says- whatever you want to believe or do or say – goes. There are no more plum-lines- no more absolutes.
Where is a kid supposed to put it all except try to escape into games/drugs/sex/ anything that will take away the frustration. Escaping into self or become more self-absorbed brings further stress. Perfectionism and phobias are surfacing more and more these days says much of the research.
The lists go on and on. Leave me some feedback below. What are some HELPS you can give the rest of us to help our children to become spiritually, mentally and emotionally healthier despite the world and it’s BAD NEWS?
I have one easy piece of feedback for us all- What would it look to ask God into our hearts and lives. With God ALL things are possible. Matthew 19:26.