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Navigating Fatherhood as a Black Man [nytimes.com]

By Christina Caron, Image by Rachel Levit Ruiz, The New York Times, June 16, 2022 The editor of a new book of essays shares how Black men can attend to their mental health while growing their families. This year Father’s Day will fall on June 19, or Juneteenth, a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved Black people in the United States after the Civil War. And for Michael D. Hannon, an associate professor of counseling at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J., that...

How Noise Affects Children [www.healthychildren.org]

By Sophie J. Balk, MD, FAAP, HealthyChildren.org Many parents know that very loud noise can hurt kids' hearing. With more kids and teens using personal listening devices like headphones and earbuds for music, videos and classes, it's especially important to be aware of sound that's too loud. It's also important to know that too-noisy environments can have harmful effects that go beyond hearing. Read on to learn more. [ Please click here to continue reading about the effects of environmental...

The California Healthy Minds, Thriving Kids Project

The California Healthy Minds, Thriving Kids Project offers a series of free, evidence-based video and print resources that caregivers and educators can use to teach their kids critical mental health and coping skills. The project was born of an innovative partnership between the state of California and the Child Mind Institute. Please click here to learn more and access the resources! Also available in Spanish!

Caregivers Guide to Wellbeing [Alia]

Original post in Children's Bureau Express Whether a caregiver is a birth, foster, adoptive, or grandparent, the role can be as challenging as it is rewarding. The stress associated with caregiving can lead to burnout, which can adversely affect relationships and one's capacity to provide care. Alia released Caregivers Guide to Wellbeing to highlight the importance of self-care and support and inspire caregivers—including those caring for children or adults—by providing them with the...

Just How Burned Out Are Parents? [nytimes.com]

By Jessica Grose, Image by Davin G Photography/Getty Images The New York Times, June 11, 2022 Lately, I’ve been saying that my level of burnout feels like “Covid of the soul.” Which is to say I mostly feel normal, and that we’ve gradually been able to ease back into the rhythms of our prepandemic life, but there remains a residual exhaustion, partly psychic, that I haven’t had time to fully resolve. There are some days when my alarm goes off and the first thought that occurs to me is: I...

How to Handle the Effect of the Pandemic on Your Child with Dr. Nadine Burke Harris [Uncommon Ground with Van Jones]

March 2022 | Uncommon Ground with Van Jones D r. Nadine Burke Harris joined Van Jones to answer a series of listener questions, such as, “How can we help to make sure our children are still socialized during periods of isolation?” and “How do we help our young ones grieve?” More details on the podcast: “The thing that is most important for us as parents and caregivers is this: to be able to be there for our kids, we gotta take care of ourselves.” Former California Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine...

Resources for talking to children about violence

It can be hard to come up with words to talk about violence and grief with our children, especially when our own hearts are so heavy and scared. Here are a few places where you can find more resources to help you find words... Please share other resources in the comments below. Trauma Care Resource Hub from ZERO TO THREE These resources are available online in English and Spanish at zerotothree.org/care to help adults meet the unique needs of infants and young children in addressing the...

6 things parents should know about mental health before sending a kid to college

By Allison Slater Tate, Today, March 8, 2022 (updated April 25, 2022) After student athletes Katie Meyer and Sarah Shulze died by suicide one month apart, parents have questions. This story discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide please call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources. When news broke in March that Stanford senior and soccer star Katie Meyer,...

What I Want My Kids to Learn About American Racism [nytimes.com]

By Eboo Patel, Image by Arne Bellstorf, The New York Times, May 10, 2022 I first heard the phrase “white supremacy” in my introductory sociology course at the University of Illinois in 1993. The image of men wearing white sheets and burning crosses came to mind, and I figured my professor was referring to ancient history. But I remember her continuing: “White supremacy is the assumption that the cultural patterns associated with white people — from clothes to language to aesthetic...

Why American Teens Are So Sad [theatlantic.com]

By Derek Thompson, Image from Getty, The Atlantic, April 11, 2022 Four forces are propelling the rising rates of depression among young people. The United States is experiencing an extreme teenage mental-health crisis. From 2009 to 2021, the share of American high-school students who say they feel “persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness” rose from 26 percent to 44 percent, according to a new CDC study. This is the highest level of teenage sadness ever recorded. The government survey...

The Pandemic Has Been Punishing for Working Mothers. But Mostly, They’ve Kept Working. [nytimes.com]

By Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times, May 11, 2022 When it came to who lost jobs, education mattered much more than gender, a broad new analysis found. For mothers during the pandemic, the usual push and pull of work and family life has felt more like a tug of war. Yet despite concerns that they would quit their jobs en masse, most succeeded in keeping them, two new data analyses show. In fact, one group of mothers — college graduates with babies and toddlers — became significantly more...

Parenting Survival Guide: Caring for Kids with Mental Illness from Children's Mental Health Ontario

Parenting kids is tough, but it is even more difficult when your child is struggling with mental illness. Here in Ontario, as many as 1 in 5 children and youth will experience some form of mental health problem. The toll that takes, not only on the children, but on parents, too, is enormous. You may find that you are struggling to manage your households or perhaps you are missing a lot of work because you need to spend that time with your child. We also know that many of you are finding it...

Perspectives on Early Relational Health Video Series [cssp.org]

The Perspectives on Early Relational Health Series from the Center for the Study of Social Policy brings together a diverse group of parents, pediatricians, researchers, and providers to share their perspectives on why Early Relational Health matters, and what they are doing to support and promote foundational early relationships. We hope these conversations inspire new insights and motivate you to join us in our collective movement to support healthy early relationships, so every child and...

Resources for Before and During an Emergency [redcross.org]

Discussing what to expect when an emergency occurs with your child beforehand can positively impact their ability to react appropriately during an event. Doing so supports their overall resilience, which can improve their ability to recover after a stressful situation. Explore the American Red Cross library of fun and engaging animated videos that help children learn how to help stay safe during a variety of emergencies and cope with any thoughts or feelings that might come up along the way.

Perfectionism resources for parents, children, and teens

If your child is a perfectionist, or you're worried they might be, you might find these resources helpful: Is your child a perfectionist? Here’s how to help. By Jennifer Breheny Wallace, The Washington Post, March 8, 2022 Perfectionism in Children Can Be Moderated by Parents By Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Roots of Action, February 24, 2021 Letting Go of Perfect: Overcoming Perfectionism in Kids (book) by Jill L. Adelson and Hope E. Wilson 7 Great Children’s Books About Perfectionism From...

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