When kids are experiencing emotional challenges, you might notice changes in their behaviour.

Kids and teens experience stress and other emotional challenges just like adults do.

Noticeable changes in behaviour can include: increased irritability, mood swings, social withdrawal, changes in sleep patterns, changes in appetite, difficulty concentrating, a decline in school performance, and expressing negative thoughts or feelings.

It’s important to communicate openly and provide support if you observe these changes.

If you notice any of these signs in your child, here are some ways you can help:

Spending quality time together is key to bonding and helping your child relieve stress.

Consider activities like engaging in their hobbies, playing games, having meaningful conversations, reading together, going for walks or outings, and even trying relaxation techniques like deep breathing or mindfulness exercises.

Being a good listener, showing empathy, and validating their feelings can also help build trust and strengthen your relationship.

Remember, consistency and genuine connection go a long way in supporting your child’s emotional well-being.

You don’t have to do it alone. Get help from a mental health professional.