As parents, we aim to do our very best for our children. However, it is not always easy to know how best to support them in the various stages of their development. At times, all our skills as parents can be tested to the limit and we can feel quite inadequate as to how to navigate our way through. If you are worried about your child and feel that they would benefit from talking to somebody, do get in touch. I am a highly specialist counsellor with years of experience in child and adolescent mental health.
5-11 Year Olds
When children find their lives overwhelming they can become anxious or worried, sad, afraid and angry.
Things may have happened that are out of their control which they find confusing and hard to understand. Or, their behaviour may have changed:
- not eating or sleeping well
- not wanting to do the things that they used to do or enjoy
- struggling to go to school
- crying more often
- finding friendships hard
11- 18 year olds
Adolescents have so many pressures in their lives and can feel quite overpowered at times by the demands placed on them. Often they struggle with a loss of confidence and self-esteem. This can show itself in a number of ways:
- increasingly more withdrawn
- changes in school / college performance
- difficulties concentrating
- other generally worrying behaviours