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

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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.

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.

Does your child feel lovable?

As parents, we know how very very much you love your child. But… do they? Feeling deeply lovable is one of the core pillars of a happy and healthy self, but sometimes kids don't get that message.

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?

Look for strengths & you will find them

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

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.

Recovering from Failure and Dissapointment with Growth Mindset

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 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.

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.

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 important about gratitude?

Gratitude has been proven to make people healthier and happier – read on for ways to build this practice with your child.

The best gift for your child? Empathy.

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.

Dealing with your child's fears

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

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 mentality.

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 ironically, too little risk has its own downsides.

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?

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.

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 – 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.

Help your child thrive by setting limits

Setting limits may seem like a drag, but it is an essential part of parenting. Here are some ways to set limits more effectively.

Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) Cure

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.

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