Help! My Child Has Mental Health Struggles with Crystal Paine

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Although the numbers show that children and teens have been the least affected physically by Covid-19, they certainly haven’t been immune to its other consequences. The sudden and often life-altering changes that have occurred since the spring of 2020 including school closures, parental job loss, and in some cases a lockdown in an unstable home environment have in many cases increased feelings of helplessness, fear, anxiety, and even thoughts of suicide. 

The statistics are slow in coming, but according to November 2020 findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between April and October 2020, hospital emergency departments saw an increase in the total number of visits that were from kids for mental health needs. 

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And while that is true and terribly tragic, statistics also show that anxiety,  depression, and thoughts of suicide were already on the rise even before this global pandemic. One report from the ADAA (Anxiety & Depression Association of America) states that 1 in 20 kids struggle with mental health disorders each year. 1 in 20. Perhaps your child is that 1. Or perhaps you know a child who is that one.

Today we hope to offer you some help. Today, we’re joined by Crystal Paine who has just released a new book, Love-Centered Parenting that is quite a departure from her normal offerings. But she’s opening up about a very vulnerable piece in her family’s story to help change that 1 in 20 statistic.

To learn more about Crystal Paine:

“I was trying so hard to protect my reputation instead of just parenting out of relationship for my kids.”

Crystal Paine

Crystal’s Books

According to Crystal, your job as a parent is to:

  • Lean in and love
  • Listen well
  • Lead with humility
  • Let go

“Emotions are neutral. It’s how you act on them that make them positive or negative.”

Crystal Paine

Mentioned in this episode:

  • Episode 55: Discipline that Connects to the Heart with Jim & Lynn Jackson