You may recognize the scene: You are in public and your son or daughter decides that this is the time they want a specific thing or perhaps they want to stay/leave where you are. Parents usually start to reason with the child, perhaps through pursed lips, all the while trying to keep cool as they feel red creeping up their cheeks.
This week, there has been a lot of news regarding a new study that came out in the UK examining the impact of social media on the mental health of children and teens. The study, entitled #StatusOfMind, found that Instagram and Snapchat were the two platforms with the most negative influence on youth.
Parents will often ask when a problem has reached a point where they need professional involvement. The first thing they should be asking themselves is whether the problem is causing significant interference in their lives (be that the parents themselves or the children). Questions parents want to ask include:
Sometimes we have questions regarding behaviours our children and adolescents display. Luckily there are resources available that can provide some guidelines. The following is a good resource for parents and teachers.
Another great website to help children and their families with anxiety (it provides a variety of free resources) is: