This week we’re coming in hot with a legitimate timeline for how to get your kid ready for the new school year. Last week we shared our thoughts and predictions for the post-pandemic school year; this week, we’re translating all of that into actionable steps.
It may seem a bit early to some, but more than ever, we already see anxiety about the upcoming school year come up in therapy sessions. This upcoming school year will be different, that’s for sure, and everyone will deal with it in a different way. Based on what we see happening in both our clients and our own kids, we talk about the patterns we’re already seeing and expect to see during the school year ahead.
Talking to your kid about your own drinking behavior often asks you to get very vulnerable as a parent. Being vulnerable is important for us too, and that’s exactly what we do in today’s episode. We have an open and vulnerable conversation about how to do exactly this: talking to your kid about adult drinking.
Have you ever wondered if and how you should discuss your drinking with your kids? Or second-guessed whether your drinking behavior is still healthy? Join us in an open, honest, and non-judgmental conversation about healthy adult drinking and how to talk about it with your children.
For many kids and teenagers, playing sports becomes a big part of their life and even their identity. Knowing that anxiety and depression can increase during intense training periods, it’s important to know as a parent how to support your child’s mental health. Whether your child is still a preschooler or already in high school and dealing with the pressure of recruiting to get on a college team, today’s guest will give you invaluable insights on how to keep your athlete mentally healthy.
We’ve been waiting a long time to share today’s episode with you and we couldn’t be more excited! Dr. Samantha Sweeney is one of Amanda’s oldest friends and an expert on working with parents of anxious kids. She’s a psychologist, author, educator and has a private practice where she works with kids, families, and adults.
Today’s guest is an incredible social justice activist and filmmaker and, yes, another one of Amanda’s brilliant friends. In her short documentary ‘Blood & Guts: Exposing Endo’, Meg Allan Cole sheds light on a chronic illness called Endometriosis, which impacts one out of every ten folks with a uterus (girl or boy!). Despite its frequency, 64% of doctors admit they know very little about it, meaning we all need to learn more!
Today we bring in Nicole Osei,M.Ed., MSW, Anti-Racist Consultant and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Coach and one of Amanda’s oldest and dearest friends (yes, my friend’s are brilliant!). As three white women running a podcast and business, we want to make sure that we are doing our own anti-racist work everyday. Fortunately, Nicole agreed to record our conversation so you could hear her share her experience, enlighten us, and teach us about anti-racism and DEI. Nicole also gave us one of the greatest nuggets about anxiety and white supremacy that we have ever heard– and I (Amanda) have used it in almost every therapy session since.
Today, we talk about how we teach parents and children how to manage their anxiety when it gets high — anywhere from 5 to 10 on our anxiety scale 🙂 We talk about what high anxiety thoughts sound like in our heads, what happens to our body when we get anxious, and strategies we use to bring ourselves back down to baseline. We also discuss how anxiety has impacted us in OUR lives and the strategies that we have relied on the most (it’s different for all of us!).
In our 2nd session on anxiety, we deep dive into all the ways we help clients MANAGE their feelings of worry, starting with proactive, or lifestyle, strategies. We give you hints on improving:
2. Eating habits
4. Psychoeducation on how anxiety works
All in an effort to reduce anxiety before it even starts! We also describe reactive strategies, or skills to use when the anxiety starts creeping in! We explain signs and symptoms of low level anxiety and describe our best breathing strategies, apps, and methods to stay in the here and now.