Many Americans are struggling with economic anxiety, medical problems not being addressed, kids missing school, an uptick in drug addiction, and fear, just to name a few. One of the worst results of the pandemic is that hundreds of thousands of Americans and more around the world are coping with grief and loss right now. Losing a loved one at any time is stressful and requires fortitude, but processing grief and loss of a loved one during the pandemic takes a new kind of resilience and endurance.
The first time a parent hears their young child say an unpleasant word, their reaction is usually: “Where did you learn that?” The truth is, many times the child will point at the dad or mom. Oops!
Yes, our little ones are sponges that mimic what we say and do. Our positive and negative role modeling can stay with kids for a lifetime. With all the anxiety, loneliness and depression in today’s world, how to talk to your children about mental health can be tricky and revealing.
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