Beyond love, shelter, food and security, perhaps one of the greatest gifts we can give a child is a sense of emotional awareness. Even as adults we recognize and yet can still struggle with the puzzling psychological, familial and instinctive forces that influence our choices and ultimately the course of our lives.
We are all acutely aware of the increasing rates of mental health problems in our younger generation and the fact that a half of all adult mental health problems begin before the age of 14. We are also aware that for schools to provide an opportunity for every child to verbalize, explore, and process their values, feelings, fears, and dreams is not possible due to limited time and support resources.
Yet individual focus is more important than ever before. Personal reflection being at an all-time low + the addictive draw of social media = vanishing solitary moments to process. The positive impact for children if they could respond to self-analytical questions at the least self-analytical time of their lives… They could process all that was happening to them in a much healthier way.