The following has been taken from, “Champion Parenting: Giving Your Child a Competitive Edge”, available on-line!
Make sure the line of communication remains open to your child’s interests, goals, and fears, or anything else for that matter, that may be heavy on his mind. Like a good coach, parents need to demonstrate that they really care and are willing to support the efforts of their child, whatever they may be.
Be aware of signs that indicate that there is a problem. A change in attitude, grades, clothing, friendships, becoming extremely quiet, not feeling like socializing, changes in sleep habits, and significant weight gain or loss are all red flags.
On another note, researchers are also telling parents to pay attention to the amount of TV and computer time their child is using, for these may be additional signs of depression.
Although boys and girls socialize differently, parents need to monitor TV time, especially if the child is substituting this time for human interaction or does not want to do anything else.
In the event there is a problem, call the school and talk to your child’s teachers about his behavior or see a counselor. The rule is to always be observant of behaviors, for body language doesn’t lie. As parents, you know your child best and will no doubt be able to recognize when behaviors have changed.
Do not take anything for granted. Communication is a priority.