As part of their Heads Together campaign, the royals talk about how being parents and siblings is a part of their mental health picture. Check out their YouTube video series of people sharing their stories here.
I had a conversation recently with Becky, a LCMFT in our agency. It made me realize that many of the stresses that families have (including my own) are not going to be fixed any time soon. Challenges like poverty, long-term illness, a history of trauma, social isolation, disabilities, and loss of loved ones, are not … More Top 5 Protective Factors for Healthy Families
Here is the second way that Dr. Bryson and Dr. Siegel help us picture what happens when we get dysregulated. With this model, they refer to crossing the threshold out of the green zone as “flipping your lid.” Dr. Siegel also talks about how parents can use the hand model of the brain during … More Flipping Your Lid
So much of resilience comes from the ability to create a good response to what happens in the world around us, instead of allowing the more primitive parts of our brains to take over and react with fight-flight-or-freeze. Dr.s Tina Payne Bryson and Dan Siegel provide two different ways we can visualize our brain-states (or … More The Green Zone
If you have a little one who will soon be starting school for the first time, or older children going back to school this week or next, the tension might be a little higher in your house. In addition to getting physically ready with school supplies and new shoes, your child might need to get … More School is Starting!
Around my house, we are working on how to help each other stay regulated and in the “green zone” (see The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline.) The transition from the school year to summer break is just as challenging as the back-to-school transition. My anxiety-prone family has a hard time with transitions! We … More The Second Chicken