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 11: “Discipline Dont’s”

Disciplining children is one of the most researched and sought out topics by parents looking for better ways to teach right from wrong. Over the course of time, parents are now less inclined to use physical punishment on their children, but yelling has remained a routine method of discipline in the household today. Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy outlining the dangers both physical and mental these types of adversive discipline techniques can have on children. In today’s episode I talk about this new policy and outline some alternative discipline strategies that can be used for both short term behavior and long term mental benefit. Enjoy!

Episode 9: “Holiday Wellness”

Remember the time when we counted down the days until Christmas arrived? Remember when the holiday season was a stress free, joyous time of smiling and celebrating with those we love? What happened to that feeling as we got older? How did the holiday season become so stressful and such a source of negative energy and mental anguish? On today’s episode, right before Christmas, I discuss this exact topic and offer a few tips on how we can practice “Holiday Wellness” to ensure we capture some of that holiday magic, and keep the holiday time joyous and stress free. Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a wonderful time with your friends and family. Enjoy!

Episode 2: “Anxious Humans”

Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental disorders and the numbers in children have been increasing over the past years.  Anxiety is a complex issue and on this podcast we will discuss this topic frequently.  To begin our discussion, this episode will focus on what anxiety is, why our brains are wired to be anxious, what happens when we get anxious, and thoughts as to why children are becoming more and more anxious.  

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