Generations behavioral health is about taking a look at the data of the past, and then using what we’ve learned from it to create a plan for our future. We don’t expect ourselves to change from one day to the next. We expect our generation to be more proactive than we were in the past. This means that we are proactive about making smart choices.
For example, when I was a child, we would often watch the news and see the headlines stating “Child Killed by Fire”. We read the headlines and thought, “Is this really a natural disaster we need to worry about?” While that headline might not have been the last one, it did set us on a path to make informed choices. Our next headline might be something more alarming, like “Child Killed by Fire in Chicago”.
As a society, we don’t give much thought to the fact that there are a lot of people who will make bad choices. It’s not that we are unaware of that fact, it’s just that we don’t see it as a big problem. For example, maybe we don’t see the problem of parents who are not adequately monitoring their children.
A childs rights is an issue that is rarely discussed with families today and the fact is that when we are young our brains are not fully developed and our minds are still developing. Therefore we tend to be less aware of how dangerous our behavior could be. This idea of children as dangerous organisms has been an issue for years (and yes, I am aware that the term was coined by the late, great Philip K. Dick).
I think it’s important to acknowledge that kids grow up and change all of the time. But the way we tend to think about it is in some ways, rather narrow. When we look at someone like Colt Vahn we assume that he would be a better parent if he had paid attention more to his own behavior. But in reality, we don’t know what he could have done to stop that from happening. That’s why we want to protect his future from the consequences of his own actions.
While that may be true for someone like Colt, the more important question is how we can help kids grow up better. Our new game Generations Behavioral Health takes this a step further by allowing players to play with their own children. You can learn how to identify and prevent problematic behavior in yourself, and you can even help your kid learn what to do if they see someone who is acting out or getting into trouble.
There are a lot of questions out there that ask if we should help our kids grow up better. I think the best place to start is by learning what kind of kid you want them to be, then helping them realize that they can start to become that kind of kid.
The good news is that kids with behavioral health issues can do their part to help their child. When you have a child with a behavioral health issue, you can help them identify the source of the problem, and then you can help them change. And when you’ve helped your child come to grips with the source of the problem, you can teach them how to recognize and deal with it, and how to help their child without causing harm.
To make a long story short, when I was in a child behavioral health clinic, I met many parents. The parents were worried about their child’s behavior, and they were not willing to do anything to change it. I believe that is because they were so afraid of hurting their child, that they did little to help their child. But now, with the help of behavioral health professionals, you can help your child by helping them identify the source of the problem.
So what are behavioral health professionals and psychologists doing to help parents change their child’s behavior? The first step is to ask. For example, a child that has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder needs to be identified as a problem. Other important steps are to start to take action, and to understand the cause of a child’s behavior.