181: How To Encourage Emotional Wellness in Kids // Lisa Sabey

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States, and we have an incredible month of education in store. Today’s episode about emotional wellness in kids is a special one to kick us off. 

Our guest is Lisa Sabey, the founder and president of Parents-to-Parents, an organization dedicated to helping parents whose children are struggling with mental health by providing clear, practical, and evidence-based information and suggestions through filmed documentaries. Recently Lisa’s focus has switched from making documentaries to making educational materials to support new parents early on to understand how to empower their children with mental wellness skills.

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-Lisa Sabey’s 3 Takeaways for Encouraging Emotional Wellness in Kids-

 

  1. Parents do not cause mental illness. It is important to establish this upfront because when you have a child who is struggling, it only adds more pain and shame if you blame yourself. 
  2. Emotional wellness in kids is possible, and it is based on skills that we can learn and teach. We as parents can help to arm our children with the skills they need to deal with failure, rewire negative thinking, and manage complex emotions. 
  3. Remember the acronym FAN: F- Face our fears. A – Always connect emotionally first. N – Name emotions as much as needed for our children to understand and process them. 

>>>Will you try any of these tips to encourage emotional wellness in kids? What would you add to her takeaways? Tell us in the comments below!

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-Links Mentioned in Today’s Show-

-Related Episodes you might be interested in if you like this episode about emotional wellness in kids:

077: HOW TO COACH YOUR CHILDREN THROUGH THEIR BIG EMOTIONS (ENCORE!) // GEORGIA ANDERSON OF KNOW HOW MOM

083: ARE KIDS TODAY HARDER THAN THEY WERE IN THE PAST? // KATHERINE REYNOLDS LEWIS

084: THE 3 CS OF TRANSFORMATIVE DISCIPLINE // PART 2 WITH KATHERINE REYNOLDS LEWIS

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About the Podcast Host, Rachel Nielson

Rachel taught high school English for five years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to her two miracle babies, Noah Atticus, who was adopted, and Sally Grace, who was conceived through IVF.

In her life, Rachel has experienced great sorrow but also great joy--and she loves diving deep into the topics that matter most. Thank you for listening to the podcast and giving her a chance to share her heart.

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