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posted Jan 22, 2019, 7:41 AM by East Burke High School

How to Bring Your Child Hope on the Most Depressing Day of the Year 
By Julia Cook 

Blue Monday is notably the perfect storm of a day to feel hopeless. The holidays are over, the weather and nights are dark and cold, failure to complete our New Year’s resolutions becomes a reality, and the post-holiday credit card bills are piling up. Hopefulness is contagious. And unfortunately, so is hopelessness. 
Hope is the feeling that what one desires will happen; an overall perception that one’s goals will be met. Hope, like oxygen, is essential to life. When we have it, it can carry us. When we don’t… we suffocate.
Our kids are in trouble, and they need hope. Suicide rates and attempts in children have doubled in the last decade. An estimated 17 million children are currently facing a mental health disorder (Child Mind Institute), and depression among children is sadly common, frequently unrecognized, and occurring at younger and younger ages (American Academy of Family Physicians).
Could your child possibly be at risk? If you’ve noticed an onset of unexplained unhappiness, intense anger, or hopelessness; if you’re seeing a dramatic change in dress and/or personal appearance; if your child is withdrawing from friends and social opportunities—your child may be at risk and their hope reservoir in need of filling.
How can we keep our kids from feeling hopeless today—on the most depressing day of the year—and year round?  Visit the NCYI Blog to finish reading this article and read more about these tips:

  • Make sure your children are getting plenty of screen-free, uninterrupted sleep.
  • Limit the amount of time your children are spending on social media and in front of screens, and balance it out with real-life experiences and celebrations.
  • Teach your children the benefits of positive thinking and help them develop a better understanding of how negativity can affect them.
  • Encourage your children to put challenges into perspective. 

Julia Cook, M.S. is an award-winning children’s book author, counselor, and parenting expert. Her new book, A Flicker of Hope, is available now.

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