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.
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.
Childhood can be a particularly fearful time. Help your child express, manage, and overcome their fears.
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.
Setting limits may seem like a drag, but it is an essential part of parenting. Here are some ways to set limits more effectively.
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.
As parents we naturally worry about our kids and problems we see. But focusing on their strengths can be more productive.
While consumerism often takes center stage at this time, it diminishes joy for children. Focus instead on savoring and connection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our culture puts most of the focus on do-ing, but be-ing with our kids is essential for their, and our, mental health.
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?
Autonomy – the desire to make decisions for oneself – is one of the fundamental human motivations. Do you allow your child enough?
In addition to school subjects, your child is also learning about themselves as a learner. Help them develop academic confidence and a growth mentality.