I enjoy writing and creating awareness about mental health related topics - particularly pertinent to parents, young women and other professionals in the field of psychology and/or education.
The holiday season is upon us. A time that should be an opportunity to cultivate values and traditions. Uphold those family customs our ancestors have established. Honor our festive spirit. However, we are living a heavyhearted reality: the time of children who are receiving too many gifts.
With so much going on around the world, we need to teach our children – the future generation of citizens – to not leave it to other people to speak up. As simple as teaching them “when you see wrong, you must speak up.” We must encourage them to do so, but also give them the tools to open this conversation constantly. And tools like books, toys, and play and help us do precisely that.
When we read about bullying, we often find a lot of information to prevent it or to help the victim. We explore ways in which we can teach children and teens how to avoid bullying others. And we encourage parents to talk to their kids – early and often – about the emotional consequences bullying can have in victims. However, what are we doing to teach children how to be upstanders and make a real difference when witnessing a bullying situation?
Find it difficult to answer with one job title when asked: "what do you do for a living"? You might be a multi-passionate and this is how to care for your mental health.
We are well aware of how playing is beneficial for children at every level: cognitive, physical, emotional, social, among others. Child specialists have agreed that when parents intervene positively with their children as they play, this can positively impact their relationship and foster the child’s imagination. But, do you know that the level of parental interaction plays an important role in the child’s physical health, as well?
"Speaking about social justice is not easy, but it’s incredibly necessary – and much more in this time. But, I truly believe that it’s in the early and frequent exposure that we can create a kinder, more empathetic generation. And, like I’ve written before: when in doubt, play it out!"
"His final message is my favorite: “children get it when you explain it. It really doesn’t take much. Reading books about different kinds of families with your kids is a good first step!”"
"Irony aside, the term "humblebrag" is nothing more than a "seemingly" easier way to brag about your achievements to those closest to you. I write "seemingly" because evidence actually suggests that people respond to straightforward bragging much better than complaint-based bragging. Why do we keep doing it, though? Why does it bother us so much? How can we use self-awareness to minimize the humblebragging effect?"