Playful Parenting Builds Better Brains: 10 Tools For Success

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My son loves these melty beads. He is a busy 4-year-old, but he will work diligently for days to make his masterpieces. This is his “beautiful square.” There’s something precious about hearing your child describe something s/he did as beautiful.

Fast forward from that sweet moment to a tough night of solo parenting my three children. (Let me pause here to honor all the single mamas and papas doing this difficult job every single day!) You all know how this goes: lots of whining, complaining and flat-out defiance. Everyone was primed for full meltdown, especially when I told that same temporarily-not-so-sweet preschooler that he could not, in fact, eat a granola bar for dinner. The “beautiful square” was sitting within eyesight, and my angry little guy grabbed it, ready to break it in half. Click here to read more…

What it’s Like to Have a Mental Illness

How Opening Up Heals

Having a mental illness is a huge challenge that too often comes with the added burden of negative stereotyping, judgement, stigma and the belief that you’re abnormal. Our society is so focused on success and what this looks like, it has no tolerance for suffering and anything that doesn’t fit the mould.

Feeling mentally unwell remains a huge taboo but it’s a topic we must bring to light. Speaking about our mental health normalises the challenges, shows us we’re not alone and can help provide the support needed to overcome or live with our troubles. In this thought-provoking video, three men show us that when we are courageous enough to share our private agonies, we can connect better with others and start to heal.

Brené Brown on Braving the Wilderness

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It can be challenging in today’s world to find our wildness, to strive for authenticity in a social media driven world that punishes us for not fitting in. Yet, if we can find the courage to get in touch with our raw authentic selves, and re-wild ourselves, we have half a chance of living a contented, fulfilled and purposeful life.

The creator of whole-hearted living and a font of inspiration, Brené Brown is an expert on courage and vulnerability. Her ground-breaking research and best-selling books provide solace to millions around the world and a guide to living in today’s world. Click here to read more…

Are Some Kids More Biologically Susceptible To Mental Health Difficulties?

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What if we could predict mental illness during childhood—and nip it in the bud?

According to the World Health Organization, 450 million people around the world are struggling with either a mental illness or neurological disorder at this very moment. Of the 9.8 million struggling in the United States alone, the National Alliance on Mental Illness reports 50 percent of all lifetime cases begin by age 14. The statistics truly are enough to take your breath away. Click here to read more…

Taking the Power Back from Anxiety

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It’s 8 am on a Monday morning. You are getting ready for work. You’ve got an important meeting, but you just don’t feel right. It’s anxiety; you know it and you hate it. You have been feeling anxious for a while now, and this week’s no different. But it comes on strong, especially when work is stressful. Click here to read more…

You Have to Feel it to Heal It: The Only Way Out is Through

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I plodded up the half-mile hill that led to my house, my backpack weighing heavily on my shoulders in the insistent summer heat. The mild breeze that drifted off the Boston harbor was a cruel joke, hinting at coolness but offering no respite.

Recently heartbroken, I felt tears streaming hotly down my cheeks for the third time that day as the pain of my ex-partner’s absence crashed swiftly on my heart. Click here to read more…