Research studies have shown that youth today are experiencing higher rates of depression. Oftentimes, this can include low self-esteem and loss of motivation. Negative and distorted thought patterns may contribute to or worsen these symptoms. Parents should always seek professional help if they believe their child or teen is depressed. However, teaching healthy and appropriate coping skills in childhood can help prevent these symptoms later on and allow children to learn to manage them effectively. Positive affirmations for kids help teach coping through changing negative thoughts into positive ones. This in turn can help influence feelings of self-worth, increase motivation, and lead to greater satisfaction in life. I’ve created positive affirmation cards that can be used for kids, teens, and even adults to encourage healthy coping and create a positive mindset.
What better time to think about goals for yourself and your future than the start of the new year? For so long, I have been helping clients create vision boards as a therapeutic tool but always put off creating my own. Finally, I decided to make the time and practice what I preach. Since then, I have been getting so many questions about my own DIY vision board so I decided to make this post and hopefully inspire others to make their own! Read on to see how I created my killer vision board and how you can too.
I am a complete Fixer Upper addict.
And since we were blessed enough to (finally!) buy our first home a few months ago, I have been trying to reign in my inner Joanna Gaines spirit animal because I just want to shiplap all of the things! We’ve made a lot of progress in updating our kitchen from what can only be described as salmon pink to a more modern farmhouse kitchen. However, I knew it was missing a few details that would really add some character. Cue running across this adorable farmhouse pantry makeover from Little Glass Jar and I knew focusing on the pantry door would have the drama and unique look that would really set our kitchen apart. Our DIY farmhouse pantry door turned out amazing and only took a weekend and a few supplies to put together.
A vital but often overlooked tool in helping children learn to effectively manage their emotions is teaching healthy coping skills. Parents can help their children learn these skills through role-modeling, encouragement, positive reinforcement, and verbal praise. It is never too early to start. This DIY coping skills box is a fun and simple way to help children learn and implement coping skills into their routine. This can help reduce temper tantrums, lessen anxiety and sadness, and boost self-esteem. It can also pave the way for self-care techniques they can take with them into adulthood.
Coping skills cards are a simple and fun way to help children learn appropriate and effective coping skills. Teaching our children coping skills is one of the most important things we can do for them as parents. When used effectively, coping skills can help children manage difficult or stressful situations, ease anxiety, manage sadness, and help them learn to self-regulate their emotions, which can be useful in reducing the intensity and frequency of tantrums. Additionally, these are skills we want to teach our children so that the carry out self-care into adulthood so that they are better prepared to manage stress and whatever else life throws their way.