children mental health

Here are some important things parents should know.
I meet many 20-year-olds on the cusp of aging out of foster care. So many have beaten the odds and are on the path to successful adulthood. Others still struggle to find that path. All have faced trauma, often a lack of education and other hardships that have long-lasting effects.
Think about a time when you were a child and heard a strange sound in the middle of the night. Your heart probably started beating faster. Every little noise was amplified because of a heightened sense of hearing. You got tunnel vision.
The stigma surrounding mental-health conditions is very real, and it can be devastating for children who experience it. Take Tara, 11, who started being left out of activities once she told her best friend, Amanda, that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
My kid's diagnosis was nothing short of liberating. Don't get me wrong. Hearing those four words, "Your son has autism" were accompanied by an emotional tsunami. But mostly what I felt was relief because finally, finally, my gut hunch had been confirmed.
I wish I could offer brilliant ways to cope with someone who is seriously mentally ill. My daughter and I have some good times together and we love her very much.
Write your kids some notes and stick them in their lunch. You never know what impact you have in their lives with such a small thing that takes no time at all.
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