Summer is here and in full swing! School’s out, the sun is shining, and the temps are rising. Every year it seems we want to help our children create memories and retain their academics. We’ve put together a few tips for you to help your kiddos gain the most this summer. It may be a bit different than usual, but we believe it’s every bit as important, maybe even more so! Summer is a great time to make a difference in children’s mental health.
Can we agree that the past year and a half has certainly been interesting, stressful for many, and even fearful for some? We see the daylight coming as life seems to be getting back to normal. For our kids, that’s crucial. They’ve been a bit topsy-turvy in their school lives with moms and dads working from home, masks everywhere, and maybe not seeing as much of their family and friends as they would like. This summer, use the time to help them plant their feet firmly beneath them as they find their joy again and gain restoration in their mental health.
In chiropractic care, we often talk about the 3 T’s: toxins, trauma, and thoughts. As parents we often focus on toxins and trauma. However, that third T, thoughts, is so important to how our children will grow and succeed in life. Helping children with their thought life, or mental health, will help them to thrive. These tools will not just help them as they look forward to the next school year, but throughout all of life. When we talk about children, we’re not just talking about little ones. These tips and tools also help teens!
Mental Health in Children
A recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that since the pandemic started, mental health-related visits to hospital emergency rooms rose 24 percent for children ages 5-11, and 31 percent for children ages 12-17 compared with data from 2019.¹
As adults, we’ve felt the strains of society this past year and a half on some level. It’s only to be expected that our children are feeling it as well. The good news is that children are resilient. They often heal quicker when they are given the right tools.
With so much going on in our world, it will do both children and parents good to slow down and connect. Building simple habits and memories during the summer months will help set children up for a lifetime of success. And one day, when they’re not so little, you’ll be glad to savor those memories, too!