We live in a time when the mental health of children is being challenged. Fear drives all decisions and any response is met with conflict. More than ever parents need to focus on their children's state of mind and emotional stability.
When my daughter was young, I made the decision to be proactive with her mental health and advised her school she would be missing every other Friday. There was no discussion about it, I just made it happen. I told them her mental health was more important to me than her grades. The teachers understood my intentions and were supportive, the administration not so much. I didn't care. This was my child and I was going to raise her and care for her to the best of my ability. I can be stubborn like that and I will fight for those who I love to the death, so you better be ready for a fight. Of course it helps when you show up to the school wearing a uniform with a badge.