Blue Bear has thrown his toys down the stairs. Is that a tantrum or is it to put off going to bed as he has nightmares ?
Brown Bear keeps going to the toilet during meals. Is it disruptive behaviour or an eating disorder ?
Blue Bear screams at night, but is still asleep. Is it a bad dream or a trauma from his early life ?
Brown Bear keeps making random noises for no reason. Is he just annoying or is it a sign of anxiety ?
I've played the part of a 'normal' for much of my life. I pretend it's fine to have loose plans with friends when actually it creates massive panic in me if I don't know what time or where we are meeting. If they cancel or change plans at short notice it is really difficult for me. I need certainty and sometimes the laissez faire attitude is just too frightening. It can take me weeks to stop being upset about a last minute change of plan that they think nothing of, but that I had built myself up towards and was taken away from me at short notice. This is why I reiterate to my kids what we are doing and when. I remind them what they will be doing at school, after school or at the weekend. They may not even have the need I do for a long term forecast, but I do it for myself as much as them.
Today is World Mental Health Day.