I recently read an article in the Washington Post titled The Crisis in American Girlhood. It caught my attention because this is what I’m currently living, and it’s reminiscent of what I lived at times in my own childhood. We need to show up for children.
Check in on the children in your life, even when they seem happy. Even when they’re sharing the best part of their day and the future plans they’re excited about. Ask about them. Know them. Go deeper than asking surface level questions and moving on to your adult stuff. Genuinely listen. They may still not share but don’t stop trying. And if they do share, LISTEN. Just listen. And when they’re done, simply ask What do you need? How can I support you? Do you need me or want me to do anything? That’s how we start helping these kids in crisis.