Children, just like adults, experience changes in emotions from time to time depending on the environment. Unfortunately, with their busy schedules, parents may sometimes not notice when there is a change of mood and behaviour in children.

As a parent, you can tell when your child is unhappy by being on the lookout for the following signs;

Change in appetite

You most likely take your meals as a family. Therefore, you know the quantity of food your child can take at a particular time. If you notice that your child is eating less food than is the norm, try to find out if something is bothering them.

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Low mood

For the most part, children are jovial and playful. If you notice that your otherwise happy child is moody and dull, it's time to dig deeper. The child might be ill or there may be something disturbing them.

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Poor school performance

If your child has been performing well and you suddenly realise that they have started failing, try to establish the cause without being harsh on them. Try as much as possible to create an environment where your child can open up to you.

Sleeping more or having a hard time sleeping

Every child has a unique sleep pattern. Some children sleep longer than their peers while others sleep for lesser hours. If you notice a change in your child's sleeping pattern, try to establish if something is bothering them.

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Withdrawal from friends

Withdrawal from social life is another warning bell.  Do not ignore, if you notice that your child wants to stay alone, outside their norm. It could be that they are battling something they do not want anyone to know about.

Low self-esteem

An unhappy child may start showing signs of low self-esteem. Listen to the way your child speaks of themselves and how they carry themselves. Low self esteem may be a pointer to some emotional turmoil.

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Reduced interest in activities they enjoy

You may observe that your child no longer takes interest in activities they enjoyed before. For instance, they may no longer find joy watching their favourite cartoon While it's possible that they have simply outgrown the activity, it could also signal something deeper.  

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Vigilance  as a parent will go a long way in ensuring that your child grows well in a conducive and healthy environment. Make your child happy always and create an environment where they can feel safe.

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