By: Dr. April J. Lisbon
Children today are faced with a lot of trials and tribulations that we as adults may not have experienced in our past. With the influence of technology and immediate feedback, children are bombarded with positive and negative influences that shape their young minds.
Let’s take school bullying for example. The rise of school bullying at the building level and in cyberspace is creating unrest in children so much so that children as young as 7 have committed suicide. Why is this happening? Why are our children in a state of emotional unrest?
It is vital that our children hear that they are “….fearfully and wonderfully made…” (Psalm 139:14).
We must take back our schools and create safe spaces for our children. We must be open and honest about the state of mental health in our society. We must advocate for our children today as they will be our future leaders of tomorrow. What good is it for our children to learn how to be great test takers if they are emotionally on shaky ground?
Dr. April J. Lisbon is the Author of Unmasking the Trauma: School Bullying & Children with Special Needs and two other books. She is also a Family Life Coach and Empowerment Speaker who helps motivate and equip families of children with exceptional needs with knowledge on how to purposefully develop and practice self-care skills while passionately living a healthier lifestyle in their careers, relationships, and wellness. You can visit her website: www.advocacycoaching.com for more resources.