I worry that ours is not a happy house. What can I do to lift the mood? | Ask Annalisa Barbieri

You say you’re exhausted, and your kids are feeling low. But change has to start with you: try talking as a family, and finding out what excites everyone

I’m married with two children, aged seven and 12. Maybe it’s the effects of the pandemic…, but both my husband and I feel exhausted and beaten down by life (which sounds very whiny, since we are healthy and OK financially). We have no family close by, though we do have supportive friends.

My older child is coping with low mood and depression (and speaking to a counsellor, which is helping), has angry meltdowns and worries about climate change and the war in Ukraine. I share their concerns but try to encourage them not to think about it before bed.

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