Our children are in a devastating emotional state

Our children are in a devastating emotional state

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Maybe you've already read it. Or maybe not. But this text that circulates on social networks will not leave you indifferent. Its titled 'A silent tragedy', and it is a reflection on the direction our children are taking. The data on mental problems, suicides and the dropout rate ... of cases of hyperactivity, depression and behavioral problems ... during childhood is really chilling. Pay attention to this text that will make you think and rethink about the causes of why our children are in a devastating emotional state.

Here you have the entire text that circulates on social networks. We found it on the Facebook page from a pediatrician at Hospital Air, in Mexico:


There is a silent tragedy that is unfolding today in our homes, and it concerns our most precious jewels: our children. Our children are in a devastating emotional state! Over the past 15 years, researchers have gifted us with increasingly alarming statistics about a sharp and steady rise in childhood mental illness that is now reaching epidemic proportions:

The statistics don't lie:
- 1 in 5 children has mental health problems

- A 43% increase in ADHD has been noted

- An increase of 37% has been noticed in adolescent depression

- An increase of 200% has been noticed in the suicide rate in children from 10 to 14 years

What is happening and what are we doing wrong?

The children of today they are being over-stimulated and over-gifted of material objects, but are deprived of the foundations of a healthy childhood, such as:

- Emotionally available parents

- Clearly defined limits

- Responsibilities

- Balanced nutrition and adequate sleep

- Movement in general but especially outdoors

- Creative play, social interaction, unstructured play opportunities and spaces for boredom

Instead, in recent years has filled children with:

- Digitally distracted parents

- Indulgent and permissive parents who let children "rule the world" and be the ones to make the rules

- A sense of entitlement, of deserving everything without earning it or being responsible for obtaining it

- Inadequate sleep and unbalanced nutrition

- A sedentary lifestyle

- Endless stimulation, technological babysitters, instant gratification and no dull moments. '

The text continues to give us some advice on what is the solution to this problem:

'What to do? If we want our children to be happy and healthy individuals, we have to wake up and go back to basics. It is still possible! Many families see immediate improvements after weeks of implementing the following recommendations:

1. Set limits and remember that you are the captain of the ship. Your children will feel more secure knowing that you are in control of the wheel.

2. Offer children a balanced lifestyle full of what kids NEED, not just what they WANT. Don't be afraid to say "no" to your children if what they want is not what they need.

3. Provide nutritious food and limit 'junk' food.

4. Spend at least an hour a day outdoors doing activities like: biking, hiking, fishing, bird / bug watching

5. Enjoy a daily family dinner without phones smart or distracting technology.

6. Play board games as a family or if the children are too young for board games, let their interests lead you and let them be the ones to command the game

7. Involve your children in some task or what to do at home according to their age (folding clothes, ordering toys, hanging clothes, unpacking food, setting the table, feeding the dog, etc.)

8. Implement a sleep routine consistent to ensure your child gets enough sleep. Schedules will be even more important for school-age children.

9. Teach responsibility and independence. Don't overprotect them against all frustration or mistakes. Being wrong will help them build resilience and learn to overcome life's challenges.

10. Do not carry your children's backpack, do not take their backpacks, do not take the homework they forgot, do not peel the bananas or peel the oranges if they can do it on their own (4-5 years). Instead of giving them the fish, teach them to fish.

11. Teach them to wait and delay gratification.

12. Provide opportunities for "boredom", since boredom is the moment when creativity awakens. Don't feel responsible for always keeping the kids entertained.

13. Don't use technology as a cure for boredom, or offer it to the first second of inactivity.

14. Avoid using technology during meals, in cars, restaurants, shopping centers. Use these moments as opportunities to socialize, thus training the brains to know how to function when they are in "boredom" mode.

15. Help them create a "boredom jar" with activity ideas for when they're bored.

16. Be emotionally available to connect with children and teach them self-regulation and social skills.

17. Turn off phones at night when children have to go to bed to avoid digital distraction.

18. Become a regulator or emotional coach for your children. Teach them to recognize and manage their own frustrations and anger.

19. Teach them to say hello, to take turns, to share without running out of anything, to say thank you and please, to acknowledge the mistake and apologize (do not force them), be a model of all those values ‚Äč‚Äčthat you instill.

20. Connect emotionally - smile, hug, kiss, tickle, read, dance, jump, play or crawl with them. '

The text makes us reflect on the great mistakes we make with our children. Pay attention because you may have time to put solutions.

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