Children’s Emotional Wellbeing

We protect our children from the cold with warm clothing, and ease stuffy noses with chicken noodle soup and lots of rest. We offer nutritious food, a reasonable bedtime and bubble baths. When our child isn’t feeling well, we know what signs to look for and what to do about it. However, it’s not always easy to identify and meet the emotional needs of our children.

Warning signs that your child may be experiencing emotional or behavioral problems:

  • Decline in school performance
  • Poor grades despite strong efforts
  • Regular worry or anxiety
  • Repeated refusal to go to school or take part in normal children’s activities
  • Hyperactivity or fidgeting
  • Persistent nightmares
  • Persistent disobedience or aggression
  • Frequent temper tantrums
  • Depression, sadness or irritability

If you notice any of these signs or have questions, consult your pediatrician or a mental health professional.

For more information visit: Mental Health America at www.nmha.org or the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health at www.ffcmh.org.