Kari Sutton – Territory FMChildren’s emotional wellbeing expert
Subtle ways kids are trying to tell us they’re not coping.
The coronavirus pandemic has radically changed daily life for millions of children across the country. Almost 50% of Australian adults report that the pandemic has had a serious impact on their mental health and kids pick up on this. But children don’t always express their emotional challenges in the same way adults do. Children’s emotional wellbeing expert Kari Sutton discusses four potential signs of distress parents should look out for: 1. They are snapping at you – irritability can be a sign of fear and anxiety. 2. They’re dropping back into old habits or behaviours – regression is common during difficult times. 3. Their sleeping or eating patterns have changed. 4. They’re clinging to you a lot more. Kari helps parents understand what their children’s behaviour is telling us.