Dealing with depressed children

If you and your child have uninterrupted time together, chances are that he will begin to open up to you. Do not demand that he tell you things. Instead, be nonjudgemental and give him an opportunity to express himself. Do not badger him and do not feel you always have to solve all of his problems. Many parents (even if they promised themselves they would never sound like their own parents) end up lecturing or ordering their children to do things. Try to sit back a bit, and give your child nonverbal acceptance.

  • pg. 78, When Someone You Love Is Depressed – Laura Rosen & Xavier Amador, ISBN 978-0-684-83407-8
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