Spare the rod, make your child’s life pleasurable, doctors tell parents
With the rise in number of cases of suicides by teenagers, parents are a worried lot. However, experts say that parents should not get scared. The doctors have suggested an open communication with the children and making friendly atmosphere at home to deal with the crisis.Updated: Feb 22, 2012 01:08 IST
With the rise in number of cases of suicides by teenagers, parents are a worried lot. However, experts say that parents should not get scared. The doctors have suggested an open communication with the children and making friendly atmosphere at home to deal with the crisis.
Dr Samir Parekh, chief of department of mental health at Max Healthcare said, “It is not that parents cannot say anything to their children. But the important thing is how you are communicating with children and what kind of relationship you have with them. If one has good relation and communicating well with a child, there cannot be any problem.”
Doctors feel that in general the tolerance power among children is decreasing. They say lives of children and young adults are full of stress. In such a scenario, these youngsters are prone to suicide.
Dr Brahmdeep Sindhu, senior psychiatrist, Civil Hospital, said, “The incident is the result of anger, which is nothing but outburst of frustration. Everybody is suffering from stress and children, too, are not spared from this.”
He said, “The situation gets worse in a family where both parents are working. They do not have ample time to listen to the problems of children. Such conditions in a family may lead teenagers to take the extreme step."
Apart from this, parents need to spend ‘quality time’ with their kids where you can get to know of the inner thoughts, feelings and emotions that your child is going through.
Avoid creating any kind of pressure on your kids as far as studying is concerned and do not compare your child with other children. It is parents who should first know that all children cannot come first in class! Do not force your child for anything — if your child is not interested in dancing, do not forcefully send him/her to dancing classes just because other parents are doing so.
First Published: Feb 22, 2012 01:07 IST