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I’m no pushover – but calling struggling kids ‘snowflakes’ has to stop

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01.06.2019

I’ll surprise nobody by saying that the media is full of “snowflake” chatter of late. The Daily Star was called out by mental health campaigners for its recent headlines including “Snowflake kids get lessons in chilling” – a piece about how children are being taught mindfulness techniques in schools – and I’m sure I don’t need to mention which infamous breakfast presenter is a strong supporter of this type of labelling; often causing lots of emotional reactions from viewers who love to hate him.

These headlines create controversy but, sadly, that’s not all they’re responsible for.

The one-sided narrative they provoke shows no clear distinction between stories of enabling parents and entitled children, and children who are truly struggling with the everyday challenges of mental health issues. And having worked with thousands of families over the years I’m confident that if we allow this dangerous labelling narrative to continue, we will create a hostile environment where our young people will feel unable to trust and connect........

© Independent