Let’s talk about optimism and faith. So many people suffer today with depression. Inherent in depression is hopelessness. We must teach our children a sense of optimism, faith that things won’t always stay the same, and a hopefulness in life and the future. Talk to them about the impermanence of feelings and that there is always hope in the new day. This basic knowing that, as parents, we can infuse in them with lots of repetition, can actually prevent depression in our kids later in life.
Here are a few tips:
- Practice gratitude daily either at the dinner table or before bed;
- point out the blessings in the challenges that happen every day;
- remind your kids that feelings are fleeting and what makes them sad today will be only a memory tomorrow.