Posts

Sound it Out’s Caregiver Guide (Part 4): Read Between the Lines

    By Sound it Out 1. Be mindful of moods You may start a conversation when your kid doesn’t want to talk, or isn’t able to engage. If that happens, it’s okay to let the conversation go. Your kid may not be ready to talk at that moment, but it doesn’t mean they won’t want […]

Sound it Out’s Caregiver Guide (Part 3): Tune In

By Sound it Out 1. Know when to comfort It’s never easy to watch a loved one go through hardships, much less one’s own kid. It may be tempting to want to jump right into neutralizing their emotions, but trying to get reasonable responses out of a kid while they’re feeling overwhelmed is rarely ever […]

Sound it Out’s Caregiver Guide (Part 2): Press Pause

By Sound it Out 1. Look for a natural opening Everyday conversations with your kid can easily turn into conversations about their emotional wellbeing. Sometimes, you don’t even have to bring up emotional wellbeing directly. For example, if your kid shares something that’s happening with a friend or classmate, you can ask them how that […]

Sound it Out’s Caregiver Guide (Part 1): Understand

By Sound it Out 1. What do we mean by emotional wellbeing? We refer to emotional wellbeing as the full range of a kid’s emotions, behavior, ideas, and relationships. When you think about it, your emotional wellbeing is comparable to that of your physical wellbeing, where the healthy side of the spectrum means your body […]

How To Reduce Stress When Moving With Kids

By Molly Henderson, Moving Company Reviews On average, each person in the United States can expect to move about 12 times in their lifetime. Ask anyone who has moved even once, and they’ll tell you that moving can be one of the hardest things to do. Even though they may not be involved when their […]

Using the Web of Support Framework

By Dr. Shannon Vargar & Dr. Jonathan Zaff, CERES Institute for Children & Youth  Every day young people attend schools, participate in after school programs, show up for jobs, and navigate their neighborhoods filled with adults and peers who have the potential to help them as they pursue their education, work, life, and health goals. […]

5 Steps for Building & Strengthening Students’ Networks

By Julia Freeland Fisher & Mahnaz Charania, PhD, Christensen Institute  What is this playbook and who is it for? This playbook was developed by the Clayton Christensen Institute to help K–12 and postsecondary leadership and nonprofits that work with those institutions implement and adapt strategies, tools, and metrics that build and strengthen their students’ networks […]

Talking to Your Children About Asian Hate

By Betty Wang, MD, The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds  Over the last year, there have been very disturbing reports and videos of hate and violence towards the Asian community. As a Chinese American, these events have left me with a sense of increased vulnerability for myself, my family, and my community. It can […]

How to talk to children about difficult news

By the American Psychological Association Assisted by Robin Gurwitch, Ph.D.  Children’s lives are touched by trauma on a regular basis, no matter how much parents or teachers try to keep the “bad things” away. Instead of shielding children from the dangers, violence or tragedies around us, adults should talk to kids about what is happening. […]

How to Help Your Adolescent Think About the Last Year

Hint: It’s not a “lost year.” Also, the screen time with friends? It’s good for their mental health. By Judith Warner, The New York Times 2020 was a hard year to get through. With remote learning, unemployment, losses of loved ones, and many other stressors, families have been struggling to juggle all of their responsibilities […]