The Decline of Play & Increase in Mental Health Concerns

https://medium.com/the-mission/the-decline-of-play-and-rise-in-childrens-mental-disorders-7cc348ee8529

We ought not be surprised.  But, we MUST do something about it though.  Our children need us to be stronger than technology and media and the culture and lead them well.  What does this look like?

  • Get them playing.
  • Let then handle the disagreements without our immediate intervention.
  • Get them outside.
  • Decrease media usage and teach them the “why.”
  • Model play for them (we might need to loosen up).
  • Create space in and outside of our home for play.
  • Empower children at all ages to set goals and achieve wins (and experience losses).

Encourage children to be WHOLE people – physical health, spiritual depth, emotional stability, a strong work ethic, and community.

Dr. G

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“If it takes a village, the contemporary village is social media and the village sex-ed instructor is porn.”

https://qz.com/1082226/dont-buy-that-the-idea-teens-are-having-less-sex-until-you-take-a-closer-look-at-the-data/

News from so many sources can be overwhelming and even misleading.  We want to believe what fits with our worldview.  The reality of teens and tweens and their sex lives is that they ACTUALLY HAVE ONE!  This ought to be a rude awakening to parents.

Young people’s definition of S-E-X is becoming more and more personal and subjective in an attempt to accommodate their personal reality while avoiding guilt and shame (with little success).  Science twists the truth.  Churches tend to avoid the truth.  Families even suppress the truth.  Our culture screams for and elevates personal happiness and expression over other’s wellbeing and over deep relationships.  Teens are sexting.  Teens are giving and receiving oral sex like it has no consequence.  Anal sex is occurring more and more frequently without consideration of the impact this has on anyone’s health (and it does).  And again, parents avoid the hard stuff and avoid asking hard questions.

The conclusion of this article is that teens are “resilient.”  Really, we are going to just shrug our shoulders at the pain and shame and hurt and fear and degradation happening right before us – even in our own homes between our children?  NO WAY!  I don’t want my child to be “resilient” for resiliency’s sake.  I want them to learn from others and avoid so many of these pitfalls that later impact their health, marriages, communication skills, boundaries, friendships, faith, and overall wellbeing.

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