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Parenting Challenges

Statistically, 20% of adults will suffer from excessive emotional difficulties.  An additional 5% will have extreme emotional problems.  This means 1 in 4 adults will suffer from emotional difficulties which will likely impact their lives.

A considerable number of children also have emotional difficulties.  Some of these children exhibit behavioural problems as early as 2 or 3 years of age.  They may become aggressive, withdrawn, and/or have extreme nightmares called night terrors.  When they reach public school, they may have learning difficulties, compromised social skills, impulsivity or hyperactivity.  As children age, we may see more serious manifestations such as depression, addiction or self mutilation.

What does this mean?

It’s simple.  We live in a complicated society which is becoming more urbanized and regulated each year.  Some children fit into the system and some children don’t.  Society is more anxious; pollution and chemicals are more profuse and technology is advancing so rapidly that we just can’t keep up.  It’s stands to reason that children struggle too.  Sometimes it’s bio-chemical; sometimes it’s anxiety; sometimes it’s sadness and depression and other times it may be compromised parenting.

Children act out for many reasons.  Whatever the reason, do everything you can to support them within a stable and loving environment.  Many times, they need an opportunity for their brain to catch up with their body.  Good parenting will prepare them for their future.

See our article on ADHD and Family Separation.

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