With the first recent snowfall of the season, you might be experiencing “in the air, there’s a feeling of Christmas,” as the old song goes.
Maybe you and your family really love winter sports, and you’re looking forward to hitting that first powder.
It’s also possible that you, your spouse, roommate, or child are feeling a little under the weather. We don’t mean that they’ve caught a cold or the flu. Rather, they might be feeling unusually sad or irritable, even when there’s no obvious reason, or they’re very self-critical; maybe they’ve lost interest in things that used to be…
You may have noticed something unusual recently in the news and among your friends and family. Anxiety and depression, especially among teenagers, is rising drastically.
One survey given in all three Utah County school districts suggests that it’s rising as much as 3 to 5 percent every year. That means that in 2011, about 13% of kids were depressed, and in 2019 it rose to 28%.
At EveryDay Strong, we get a lot of questions about this trend. It’s scary, and it’s easy to feel helpless. …
This holiday season, family gatherings look pretty different. If you’re like me, you’re probably feeling isolated and bummed out; the stay-at-home routine is tough on adults and children alike.
I always looked forward to family get-togethers as a kid. I wasn’t as much interested in the “wow, you’re getting tall” compliments and boring adult small talk. I loved to escape to the basement with my cousins to giggle about boys and whatever 10-year-old girls whisper to each other about.
I still treasure these memories into adulthood.
So, how do we help children make important family connections this year?
EveryDay Strong believes that our children’s success is a community effort. After all, it’s not just parents that have impact on kids’ wellbeing. Rather, it’s a result of various interactions that children and teenagers have with adults at home, school, church, and in the community.
Rhonda Bromley, an Alpine School District educator and administrator for almost 30 years, has experienced the difference a community can make in a child’s life when different adults work together to foster safety, connection, and confidence.
“It’s important to recognize and respect the different roles that we have. We all play a role in this,”…
Parents often ask whether they should be worried about a child’s mood or behavior. While they may not be aware of any major “red flags,” they wonder whether they might be seeing orangish-yellow flags:
What is “normal”? What is a “problem”? And what should a parent be doing to help?
I’ve always loved these words from Lawrence Cohen…
We’re glad you asked! To answer that, we recommend checking out this video, created by Bonneville International and featured on KSL. It’s a pretty great summary, if we do say so ourselves, which introduces the EveryDay Strong program and what we believe.
If you like the video and you’re interested in better helping the kids in your life, take the “next step” by signing up for our free one-hour webinar training (available to parents and all community members) and downloading our free handbooks for families and teachers! ※
United Way of Utah County is on a mission to help…
How (and Why) to Create Emotional Safety for our Kids (Washington Post)
Home is Where You Feel Safe. How Emotionally Safe is Yours? (Psychology Today)
Making Deposits into Your Child’s Emotional Bank Account (Leader in Me)
Do Your Children Feel Emotionally Safe? (Huffington Post)
Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe (TED Talk)
How to Connect With Kids: 3 Principles from a Principal (TEDx)
How to Get a Real Answer to “How Was Your Day?” (Very Well Family)
Tips for Communicating Well With Children (Raising Children Network)
How to Have Tough Conversations Without Offending (KSL)
The Power of Empathy (TEDx)
The Hidden Truth About…
Storytime with mom, dad, or another caring adult is a great way to strengthen the relationship with the child in your life.
The emotional closeness of snuggling up and sharing an adventure together is wonderful. You can also use stories to have conversations about feeling safe, connected, or confident in their everyday lives. Kids who feel safe, connected and confident are more resilient and able to cope with life’s curveballs.
Here are five books that deal with big life experiences, and how you can talk about emotions, both good and bad, with your child in each one.
Skippy Jon Jones
I want you to imagine you’re having one of those days where you’re really crushing your to-do list. It’s busy and hectic, and you even skipped your lunch break to rush a few projects through. You’ve had a million unexpected phone calls but you still navigated through. You’re giving it everything you’ve got to make it through this day.
Toward the end of the day, your boss (or spouse, or PTA president, or your mother, depending on your situation) pokes their head in. “Hey, did you get that one thing done that I asked you to do?” they ask.
Sometimes when our kids aren’t acting the way that we want, it’s easy to ask yourself questions like, “Why isn’t he or she trying harder?” or “What do I need to do to motivate them to stop playing video games, or do chores, or quit squabbling with their siblings?”
There’s definitely room in every family for chore charts, stickers and treats, or consequences for bad behavior. But before you jump right to the treats and time out, consider this metaphor about motivation.
Imagine that you’re back in middle school gym class. It’s baseball time, and you’re up to bat. But…