Research-based ideas for parents to connect and support your kids' development

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Look for strengths & you will find them

As parents we naturally worry about our kids and want to fix problems we see. But focusing on their strengths can be more productive.

Resisting perfectionism & celebrating your child's quirks

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.

Creating your interdependent village

In parenting, it takes a village. Abandon the idea of independence, and embrace a model of interdependence – as it turns out, this is better for our kids anyway.

Help your child manage stress

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.

Attune deeply to build connection

The first step in connecting with another person is non-verbal. Learn to slow down attune physically and emotionally, to calm heart rate, breathing, and more.

Recovering from failure and disappointment

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.

Love on the inside...

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.

Help your child thrive by setting limits

Limits may seem like a drag, but they are essential to creating safety for your child. Here are some ways to set limits with kindness, calm, and humor.

Focusing on true joy in the holidays

While consumerism often takes center stage at this time, it diminishes joy for children. Focus instead on savoring and connection.

What's so great about gratitude?

Gratitude makes people healthier, happier, more resilient, and have better relationships. Yet studies show that kids don't come by gratitude naturally. What to do?

Dealing with your child's fears

Childhood can be a particularly fearful time. Help your child express, manage, and overcome their fears, so that they don't go underground.

Dealing with your child's fears

Childhood can be a particularly fearful time. Help your child express, manage, and overcome their fears.

Fostering internal motivation

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?

Build self-esteem as a learner

In addition to school subjects, your child is also learning about themselves as a learner. Help them develop academic confidence and a growth mindset.

The risky business of childhood

As parents, it's our job to keep our kiddos safe. But in fact, kids these days are often over-protected from risk… and too little risk has some serious downsides.

The FOMO Cure

As peer relationships become more important to kids, the bad feelings around "missing out" or perceived slights can get more intense. Help your child value their own experience more, and envy others' experiences less.

What to do with unhelpful thoughts?

While it’s important for your child to sometimes feel their negative emotions, research also shows that we have cognitive tools to mitigate them. Read on for ways to navigate this dance.

Are they bored yet?

Boredom is an uncomfortable feeling that never-the-less has some real value. Instead of rushing to fill boredom, help your child tolerate it and develop their own creativity.

Doing JOY as a family

Cultivating joy as a family is important – it is a glue of good feeling and shared memories that keeps your goodwill strong.

Feel it to heal it

Emoting is the body's natural way to process and release our life experiences. Learn to ride the wave with your child.

Play your way to family harmony

The world often feels serious and busy for adults, but making time to play with your child is one of the best parenting moves you can make.

Looking forward with hope & optmism

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.

Supporting your child's authenticity

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?

The joy of being present together

Our culture puts most of the focus on do-ing, but be-ing with our kids is essential for their, and our, mental health.

Your child needs autonomy

Autonomy – the desire to make decisions for oneself – is one of the fundamental human motivations. Do you allow your child enough?

Attune deeply to calm you and your child

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.

Setting good goals

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.

Learning to Love Delayed Gratification

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.

Supporting a positive body image

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.

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