Supporting Children Through Tough Times

One of the most challenging aspects of parenting is knowing that you can’t shelter, shield and protect your child from every potential threat, traumatic life event or obstacle. Even the most diligent parents can’t be there 24-hours-a-day to prevent their child from coming to harm, and life is full of challenges for adults and kids alike. While some hurdles can be overcome easily, others have long-lasting implications. If you’re a parent, and you’re keen to make sure you’re there to support your child through the tough times, here are some helpful tips. 

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Talk to your child as openly as possible

Mental health is a subject we talk about a lot in this day and age, but it hasn’t always been this way. Many people who are now parents grew up in households where it wasn’t ‘normal’ to talk about how you feel or share thoughts or worries. As a parent, it’s beneficial to try and encourage your children to chat and engage with you, and to really get to know them, so that they feel able to come to you if they’re feeling down or they’re dealing with problems, for example, a classmate picking on them at school or a bad exam result. You don’t have to open the floor to a deep discussion every night, but take time to talk. Chat about your day, have fun together and make sure your kids know that the lines of communication are always open.


Recognizing signs of distress and behavioral changes

Children deal with all kinds of challenges, but some are much more difficult than others. While most will bounce back from an argument with a friend or a poor performance in a test, there is a risk that more profound problems or events can contribute to behavioral changes. If a child has been through prolonged, severe bullying or abuse, or they have behavioral problems, they may display signs that you shouldn’t ignore as a parent. Use your intuition, try and approach the subject with them very tactfully and gently, and be prepared to seek expert advice. There are people and organizations like Youth Villages that specialize in supporting families and children who are dealing with emotional and behavioral disorders. If your child does have behavioral issues, or they have been through an ordeal, which has taken its toll, it’s perfectly natural to experience a whole raft of emotions yourself. Talk about how you feel with a friend or family member or see a therapist if you feel more comfortable speaking to somebody you don’t know. 


Working together

Every family goes through ups and downs, and often, the best way to tackle the lows is to pull together. Talk as a family and make sure every individual knows that they’re not alone. When times are tough, for example, a child is coming to terms with bereavement, or they’ve been bullied at school, children might want to speak to other kids in the same boat or to experts or advisers, but they’ll always benefit from knowing that you’re there for them. 

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Being a parent can be tough, especially when your children go through hard times or they find life difficult. Being supportive, listening and learning to recognize symptoms and signs of distress can help you protect and build your child back up.

How the World is Set Up For Your Financial Success

Of all the challenging aspects of adult life, there are none more challenging than the financial aspect. Indeed, it can seem like the world is intentionally set up to make it difficult to be in a healthy financial situation, right? Well, perhaps not. The idea that money is a difficult thing to get to grips with is commonly expressed, but it might not be true. Though it’s far from easy, there are a lot of systems that can help us to reach our financial goals, or at least give us a solid platform upon which to build. 


Below, we take a look at just a few outlets that can help you.

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Finding Work


It’s true that there is less job stability than there was in the past, but that doesn’t mean that there are fewer ways to make money. Actually, the reverse is true — there are more ways than ever before to get money in your bank account. You can work multiple part-time jobs if you want, or find full-time work, or have a regular job and set up a side business that generates passive income. If you’re struggling to find stable work, it’s recommended that you look at studying for one of the many jobs that are expected to grow significantly in the coming years. 


Legal Systems


Bad things happen in life, just as they’ve always done. The difference between the modern world and the past is that, if something bad happened a few hundred years ago, you’d just have to live with the problem. The responsibility would be all on you. Today, that’s not the case. If you experience a life-changing problem that isn’t your fault, then you’re able to hold the people who were responsible to account. If you suffer from a brain injury due to the negligence of someone else, you can hire a BIL, and get the money that’s rightfully yours. The legal system is often taken for granted, but it does have real benefits for people who end up in financial difficulties through no fault of their own. 


Where to Invest


Investing money used to be a money-growing scheme that was only accessible to people who already have plenty of cash in the bank. Not so these days, and that’s all thanks to the internet. Today, anyone can educate themselves by reading up about the best practices online. This, of course, doesn’t mean that anyone can get rich — the same old pitfalls still exist — but money and access is no longer the prerequisite to investing. If you’re smart and can educate yourself, you can get started relatively quickly. 


Help With Problems


Finally, it’s worth remembering that there is also more help available for people with financial problems than there was in the past. If you’ve fallen into money difficulties, then you can work with non-profit organizations to try and get yourself back on track. As well as direct help, it’s also easier to connect with people who are in the same position as you are. 

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