We’re living in unprecedented times. Offices are shut, streets are increasingly empty, and some people are locking themselves away. The uncertainty that we are grappling with is challenging enough for us as adults, but it’s also hard on our children.
The 20th of March is International Day of Happiness, which has been declared and celebrated by the United Nations since 2012. It’s the day that recognises that happiness is a fundamental human goal.
Eli is eight years old. He has been diagnosed with depression. And, like it is for anyone with this diagnosis, depression is a daily battle for Eli. His father is essentially absent. His single mother is single-handedly raising three children, working full-time, and trying to do the impossible; stay calm and level while doing it all.
You’ve been on the sidelines of the netball court (or soccer pitch, etc) cheering and encouraging.
“Excess screen time has reduced our attention span to eight seconds, one less than that of a goldfish.”
Have you ever watched what happens when your child or teen is upset, sad, or challenged?