Having my children see and live with my depression makes me worry often. I worry about what they think and how much negativity is placed on them, so therefore, I always try to be as open as possible about the subject, also I try and let them understand that this depression is due to events, circumstances mostly and that they don’t have to worry that it is in their genes.
So the other morning, on the way to school, my little one (just turned 6) was saying that today is a new day and yesterday is an old day. So me, always trying to say positive things said: “Yes, that is so right and it doesn’t matter if you find that sometimes today isn’t working out because you know that you will always have tomorrow, which is a bright, sparkling brand new day!”
Next thing, little one is pulling a face in the mirror behind the sun shield.
I ask “What are you doing now?” “Nothing, just looking at what my bored face looks like” she says…
I had to keep my laughter in, but at least I know she gets so much positive talk that she finds it boring.
Is that a good thing? Hopefully it is.