Happier Kids

The effects of quarantine have had some unexpected surprises. One such effect is that many people are reporting happier, less anxious kids. As we are no longer shuttling our kids from activity to activity, rushing through dinners and homework, our kids have more control over their time.  

Social media posts and discussion boards feature hundreds of parents sharing stories of children that seem to be happier, are less anxious, are sleeping better and are spending more time simply playing.  


Many kids are thriving as parents are spending an increasing amount of time with their children, taking the opportunity to teach their kids some important life skills such as baking, cooking, cleaning, doing the laundry and gardening.  

Family meals at long last have once again become the norm. Kids are enjoying outdoor breaks more frequently and fostering a greater sense of independence.  

According to a 2019 study by the American Psychological Association , major depression in youth increased 52% from 2005 to 2017 and 63% in young adults aged 18 to 25 between 2009 and 2017. 

The suicide rate among those aged 10 to 24 years also rose 56% from 2007 to 2017.  The study conducted by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, indicates that this increase is a result of a whole society which is overworked and time-poor, and our kids are paying the price.  

One of the most well-supported explanations for the rise of mental–health disorders is that children have too much going on and not enough choice over what they do. 

In our home, long forgotten toys and games have found their way out of cupboards. At 12 and 14 years of age, I had assumed our kids had long outgrown this part of their childhood, but our living room has once again become home to a collection of barbies and Lego.  

 During online school breaks our daughter can be found quietly playing with barbies or fully immersed in a Lego-land story, while our 14-year-old son flies his toy planes around the room. It really is a beautiful thing.  


How wonderful it would be if we could take note and contemplate how we may want to restructure our lives once restrictions are lifted! Oprah believes this pandemic is a wake-up call and that “we have all been sent to our rooms”.

Well, maybe she is right, and we should start thinking about how we want our lives to look as we move forward. After all, we only get one go around. Let’s make it the very best we can for ourselves and our children. 

Food for thought! 


📷 : Alyssa Stevens


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

Join Our Community

Receive exclusive wellness + advocacy resources to support your journey


Follow Us

Popular Posts

you might also enjoy

Have you been told you have low iron?

Iron deficiency anemia affects 1.2 billion individuals worldwide, and iron deficiency in the absence of anemia is even more common.  Knowing so many people suffer from this deficiency, it's important to increase your awareness and stay in tune with your body so that you can make simple adjustments to avoid any lasting impact.

you might also enjoy

My Path To Homeopathy

Thus began my quest to immerse myself in learning everything I could about alternative health. I read every book I could get my hands on, and started an enlightening journey with a myriad of alternative health treatments and modalities. I've written a lot about my initial journey into wellness and many of those alternative health treatments. Each one taught me something and informed my understanding of whole health. 

you might also enjoy

Tissue Salt #11 - Sodium Sulfate

Sodium Sulfate or Nat Sulph is a water eliminator and a deficiency of Nat Sulph will lead to an excess of water. Nat Phos which we discussed earlier, is a water distributor and these two tissue salts work well together. Nat Sulph is extremely effective in treating malarial fever as it helps remove the excess water from the blood which is where the malaria bacteria breeds. 

you might also enjoy

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is considered a chronic inflammatory condition that affects hormone levels. The ovaries are responsible for producing androgen hormones, and when androgens are produced at optimal levels, follicles remain healthy leading to a normal ovulatory process.

you might also enjoy

Deciphering Food Labels

Label reading can be daunting. And time consuming. But I promise that deciphering the ingredients on labels is well worth it to make sure the healthy meals you're cooking aren't sabotaged by ingredients from canned, boxed or jarred goods.

you might also enjoy

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art. A Review.

Are you a mouthbreather or do you breathe through your nose? Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nester sheds light on why we should only be nose breathers. Humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. 

Recently Viewed