Parenting

In recent weeks, to surprisingly little fanfare, the Morrison Federal Government has announced a new Children’s Mental Health Strategy.

We all want our kids to feel good. Ice cream. Beach days. Playdates. These are all great for bringing joy. But typically, these good feelings don’t last.

The “experts” say: kids are over-scheduled these days; life is too busy, so let them be bored. But is this really the best advice?

Lashing out in anger is something that can easily turn into a habit for our children. Anger is usually based on a strong sense of fear or sadness.

Why? What? When? Where? How? You could almost describe it as a syndrome – the Little Voice with Endless Questions or LVEQs.

Joel would ride his bike full tilt along the balcony, then execute a perfect skid. His mission? Get as close to the edge as possible. He was fearless.

Telling your friends their teen daughter is making unwise, unhealthy, unsafe decisions – and probably lying to them – is awkward.

Studies show that beginning at about the age of three, kids begin lying to conceal things they have done wrong and will readily lie to avoid punishment.

Prayer. Often times we forget about this simple but effective tool we have at our disposal for strengthening the moral character of our kids.

Every mother and daughter has a unique relationship, and pure baby bliss after the delivery is not necessarily automatic!


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