While being a single parent is never easy, your ultimate goal is to make sure your children are happy.
However, all of a sudden, your children don’t talk to you anymore. They are now teens and it can be tricky to know what they are feeling and thinking when they don’t just open up.
While it is important to keep in mind that adolescence has its own ups and downs, it is also important to be alert and identify if something is wrong with your teen. The sooner you act, the better.
Here are some things you can do to prevent your teen’s suicide:
#1: Don’t Let Anxiety And Depression Take Over:
Every child has good days and bad days. It’s normal. However, when you notice that your teen is having bad days for a couple of weeks now, something is definitely bothering him. So, the best approach is to talk to your teen. Better yet, make yourself available and let him do the talking.
The truth is that most teens feel embarrassed to tell their moms that they are unhappy and sad. So they close on themselves instead of asking for help. The truth is that your teen probably knows that you do all that you can to make him happy and he just doesn’t feel this way. So, he may be even feeling guilty for the way he feels. So, just make the move. As your teen if he would like to talk about what is happening and if he needs your help.
#2: Keep Listening:
As we already mentioned above, it is hard to know how a teenager feels and thinks when he doesn’t talk to you. However, you can watch his behavior, his actions.
There are many different reasons that can lead a teen to commit suicide. From social or peer pressure to severe chronic pain, public humiliation or simply because he suffered a major loss such as death or a breakup. So, as a single mom, it is important that you know how to read the signs and identify if any of these situations are worrying your teen. This way, you can step in in a proactively way.
#3: Don’t Treat All Actions Or Reactions As The Typical Teen Drama:
While some parents tend to listen to some of their teen’s sentences and simply disregard them, there are certain phrases that you need to pay attention to since they may indicate that your teen is suffering. Sentences such as “Sometimes I wish I could just go to sleep and never wake up.”, “You won’t have to worry about me much longer.” or even “Everyone would be better off without me.” shouldn’t ever be disregarded. These are the sentences that are said by someone who is in a deep pain and is asking for help. So, help. Don’t think about what you are feeling but try to help your teen instead. Offer him the console he needs, your love, and comprehension.
The main idea is that you should always be around for your child no matter if he is a baby, a toddler, a teen or an adult.
But more than making yourself available, your teen needs to know that he can rely on you, that he can trust you to solve any problem.
He needs to know that he doesn’t need to be embarrassed because he made a fool of himself or because he is just sad. By creating bonds with your teen, you’ll be able to make him comfortable to open up with you no matter what the problem may be. And you will be there to help him, as you always had and you will always have.