Children tend to be more optimistic than adults, but childhood depression has unfortunately been rising rapidly. Children look to their parents and caregivers for cues, and over time absorb your attitudes, so it is important to model and support a hopeful outlook.
Being authentic – acting in accordance with your own thoughts, emotions, and values – has many proven benefits for well-being. How do we support our kids in knowing and showing their authenticity?
Our culture puts most of the focus on do-ing, but be-ing with our kids is essential for their, and our, mental health.
Autonomy – the desire to make decisions for oneself – is one of the fundamental human motivations. Do you allow your child enough?
As parents we naturally worry about our kids and problems we see. But focusing on their strengths can be more productive.
Our bodies react to stress and trauma on a preverbal level, influencing heart rate, tensions, digestion, and more. This post is about how to counteract the stress with deep attunement with your child.
The bitter feelings that arise from failure and disappointment are some of the most difficult for our children – and all people – to deal with. Help them meet these experiences with a growth mindset from the get go.
Setting goals is a natural way that humans seek to survive and thrive. Setting and achieving goals helps your child feel competent and effective! Help them learn formulate good goals, and plan to achieve them.
Receiving love and affirmation from the outside feels wonderful and is necessary. But it is ultimately even more powerful to develop a loving internal narrative.
While consumerism often takes center stage at this time, it diminishes joy for children. Focus instead on savoring and connection.
Gratitude has been proven to make people healthier and happier – read on for ways to build this practice with your child.
The most important factor in determining health and happiness over the lifespan is relationships. And what is the one essential quality that binds and holds relationships together? It is empathy.
Childhood can be a particularly fearful time. Help your child express, manage, and overcome their fears.
In addition to school subjects, your child is also learning about themselves as a learner. Help them develop academic confidence and a growth mentality.
As parents, it's our job to keep our kiddos safe. But in fact, kids these days are often over-protected from risk… and ironically, too little risk has its own downsides.
Adolescents often weigh present rewards more than working hard for future rewards. How can we strengthen their resolve to take on difficult topics and tasks, such as working hard in school?
Waiting can be painful for kiddos during the holiday season (the presents! the sweets!) but it is a valuable skill year round. Learning to wait and work for the future leads to better outcomes, and, as it turns out, optimal enjoyment.
Positive body image and self-esteem are important for growing children, but can be fraught issues in our culture. It is never too early to encourage a positive body image, and gratitude is a powerful tool.
Perfectionism is rising among young people, which is bad news for mental health. One of the most helpful gifts you can give your child is the room to be themselves, warts and all.
In parenting, it takes a village. Abandon the idea of independence, and embrace a model of interdependence – it turns out this is better for our kids anyway.
Stress occurs in all sorts of ways throughout our lives, and helping you child learn to successfully navigate stress is key to feeling good and accomplishing what they want in the world.
Setting limits may seem like a drag, but it is an essential part of parenting. Here are some ways to set limits more effectively.
Having different plans from school friends over the summer may bring up social comparison and feelings of exclusion or envy about others' activities – a.k.a. Fear of Missing Out, or FOMO. If this happens, the best way to help your kiddo navigate feelings of missing out is to help them value their own experiences.