Parenting has become more difficult than ever. Our children are constantly bombarded with content, be it through social media, television, overheard conversations, or their peer groups, their brains aren’t able to process. Studies show this upcoming generation is more anxious, depressed, and lonely, and have poorer social skills than any preceding them, as this U.S.News article reveals. As a result, many of us feel overwhelmed and ill-prepared—likely because we are. Few parents received mental health training and are therefore trying to piece together snippets of advice they hear from others, or that they’ve pulled from online sources like this one.
The solution: Get help. We understand the importance of seeking out trained professionals when our child becomes sick or breaks a bone. The same applies when it comes to mental health. Seeking help from a counselor isn’t a sign of weakness or defeat. It’s an indication of love, strength, and wisdom.
Parenting is challenging and confusing and often feels like tossing arrows at a clouded target. Though we’re guaranteed to make numerous mistakes, with prayerful intentionality and grace, we can ensure our wins overpower our losses. With Christ’s help, we can raise healthy, resilient, God-loving adults who become all He created them to be.
Jennifer Slattery is a writer and speaker who’saddressed women’s groups, church groups, Bible studies, and writers across the nation. She contributed numerous devotions Drawing Near: 90-Daily Devotions, is the author of Restoring Her Faith and numerous other titles, and maintains a devotional blog at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she and her team love to help women discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. Visit her online to find out more about her speaking or to book her for your next women’s event, and sign up for her free quarterly newsletter HERE to learn of her future appearances, projects, and releases.
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