Month: July 2019

Episode 38 “Family Vacations”

Research shows that Family Vacations are excellent for a child’s development and mental health. Thinking back on my childhood, I have countless memories of my family vacations, and I am confident that it had a significant affect on my social skills and overall mental health. It makes sense. When families get together, away from their daily routine and the stresses of life they tend to be more relaxed, upbeat, and happy. On today’s episode we will discuss six different ways family vacations positively affect the mental health of kids and children, and why even taking a quick day trip can do the trick.

Episode 37 “Talking to Kids About Death”

Death can be a confusing subject for kids to understand. Depending on their age, many kids have a difficult time understanding the concept of permanence. That is, the idea that someone or something is gone and never coming back. On Monday of this week I lost my grandfather and my wife and I were discussing how we handle talking to our son about this and what we would do about the wake and funeral. We went back and forth on what we should say, how direct we should be, and what to do if he asked questions. Luckily, there is a wealth of knowledge out there by experts who know a lot more than me, and so I decided that is was the perfect time to an episode on this topic. While a bit sad and morose, death is a part of life, and the sooner and more we can talk our kids about it, the more comfortable they will be with the concept, and the less scary and anxious it will make them. Join me on Episode 37, “Talking to Kids About Death” on our quest to build an army of mental strong kids.

Topics discussed on this show:

  • What my grandfather meant to me.
  • Being direct with kids about death.
  • Don’t dumb it down, make them confused.
  • They will ask questions, and you should answer them directly.
  • Keep their routines as normal as possible.
  • Ask your kids if they want to attend the funeral.
  • Exposing kids to death, teaches them it’s OK to express emotions.
  • Death will teach kids that life goes on after tough, traumatic events.

“Don’t just be strong, be mental strong!”

Episode 36 “Resilience” ft. Dr. Deborah Gilboa

Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. As a parent I struggle with this with my kid. When I see him hurt, or about to get hurt, I want to make it better. We all want to make it better. But are we making it worse by always running to our kids and trying to protect them from everything? By doing this we are not teaching them to be resilient. We aren’t teaching them to bounce back. We aren’t teaching them to problem solve and to be ready for the inevitable downturns ahead. Today on Episode 36 we bring on parenting expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa to teach us more about this important topic of resilience.

Topics discussed on this show:

  • Introduction to Dr. G and her passion for teaching resilience.
  • What is resilience at relates to kids and parents?
  • Why is it so important to teach kids to be resilient?
  • Strategies to help build more resilient kids.
  • The concept of empathy and how this relates to resilience.
  • Is there such think as tough love, what does this mean?
  • Teaching resilience to anxious children.

“Don’t just be strong, be mental strong!”