The parent-child relationship is the most powerful mental health intervention known to humankind. – Bessel van de Kolk
Even before the Pandemic, mental health disorders were the most common diseases of childhood. Due to the dramatic increase in children and teens entering hospital emergency departments, some are declaring a pediatric mental health emergency. Whether your child is doing fine and you want to prevent future mental health issues, or your child just doesn’t seem like their usual self or has actually declared suicidal thoughts, you can help.
Increase your awareness so that you can be positive and intentional about your relationship with your child.
Parents with Mental Health Literacy recognize that their own mental health affects their children’s well-being and that children’s behavior is sometimes a call for help. Mental Health Literacy is the ability to prevent, recognize and cope with mental health conditions.
Mental Health Essentials for Parents: Knowledge and Skills to Support Your Child
All children are sad, anxious, irritable, or angry at times. Occasionally, they may find it challenging to keep agreements, focus on tasks, or interact with others. In most cases, these are just typical phases in their development. However, these behaviors may indicate a more serious problem. Without attention, mental health conditions can prevent children from reaching their full potential. Whether you want to prevent future issues, your child just doesn’t seem like their usual self, or you have significant concerns, the good news is that you can help.
Post-Pandemic Parenting: You Can't Hack Everyday Interactions that Really Matter to Your Child
Learning loss, undeveloped social-emotional skills, soaring anxiety, depression and self-harm are among the many issues our children are facing. While you're struggling to maintain your own wellbeing, meet work demands and care for your family at the same time, your kids are dealing with challenges that are more intense than we have ever imagined. The good and bad news is that your everyday interactions with your child have a powerful influence on their emotional wellbeing. But what kinds of interactions really make a difference? And why do they matter?
Understand and Support Your Neurodivergent Child: From Misbehavior to Stress Response
We often view kids’ challenging behaviors as misbehavior – that is on purpose or even manipulation to gain or avoid something. However science tells us that what is often viewed as misbehavior is actually a stress response. When a child feels stressed or unsafe on the inside, challenging behaviors are often what we see on the outside. And neurodivergent children, like those with Autism or ADHD, are even more vulnerable to feeling stressed than neurotypical children. Many adults believe that time-outs or punishment will help but you’ve probably noticed that isn’t true and it can be harmful to your child. Let’s work on this together.
Spanking: Is it Culture or Trauma? A Safe Space to Consider the Impact of Slavery on Parenting Today
Understanding the roots of our discipline practices may be important in understanding why we choose certain practices and how they affect our children. During this workshop we’ll consider the role of slavery in shaping beliefs about discipline and practices assumed to be "cultural." We’ll also look at research about the kind of discipline that is helpful and affirming to kids and increases cooperation.
Parenting for Mental Health: Why Individual Therapy Probably Isn’t Enough for Your Child
Children and teens are suffering from anxiety, depression and suicide at alarming rates. Understanding your role in your child or teen’s therapy can make a huge difference in outcomes.
Stress and Your Reaction: Make Personal Changes for More Peace at Home
Evaluate your personal and family practices and learn how to make some much-needed changes to how you respond to stress.
Teen Mental Health - Essential Knowledge and Skills for Parents
Whether your child is doing fine and you want to prevent future mental health issues, or they just don't seem like their usual self, or they have actually declared concerning thoughts, you can help. Learn relationship strategies and everyday habits that support good mental health in teens and recognize red flags that indicate more help is needed.
Depression and Anxiety in Children and Teens
Starting at 12 years old, your teen’s brain is in a process of intense physical, cognitive and social development. They are becoming more aware of themselves and forming identity – recognizing and deciding who they really are. As their brain changes and struggles to adapt to their social environment, they may sometimes be moody, anxious and irritable. If you notice them becoming withdrawn, lacking energy, changing eating or sleeping habits, not enjoying things they used to, even fighting or getting into trouble with peers and adults, they might be experiencing depression.
My Kid's in Therapy - The Vital Role You Play in Successful Outcomes
Child and adolescent therapists tend to differ widely in their approaches to including parents in treatment. However, it’s helpful when you understand your child's goals in therapy, adjust parenting approaches based on your child's challenges and recognize when your child is making progress. Join this workshop for more clarity on how you can help your child reach their treatment goals.
Help Your Child Cope with Grief and Loss
Kids grieve differently than adults, but they experience the same wide range of strong emotions that adults feel. While there is no one size fits all approach, there are strategies and tips you can use to help your child cope. In this interactive workshop, you'll connect with a Peace At Home expert to get answers to your questions about this tough issue.
Support Your Anxious Child: What Really Helps?
One in three children will experience an anxiety disorder before adulthood. Unless treated, childhood anxiety doesn’t just go away, and many will grow up to be anxious adults. If you’re wondering what to say to your anxious child to help them, or if you’re simply curious what symptoms of child anxiety look like, this workshop is for you.
Keep Calm and Pass It On: How to Help Your Child Deal with Stress
Everyone encounters stress and it can actually be good for our bodies and brains—if we know how to cope with it. Learn a variety of techniques to reduce your stress, in the moment and over the long term.
Parent Burnout and Kids’ Mental Health: What Really Matters?
If you feel like you don’t have the bandwidth to be the parent you really want to be, you are not alone. Join us to discuss parental burnout and what you can do about it.
Leave Your Stress at The Door to Make Your Home Your Child's Safe Place
What can parents do that will really help to protect kids’ mental health? Make home an emotionally safe place by recognizing and managing your stress. Join us to learn how parental stress affects children and how you can help.
The Power of Mindfulness to Transform Your Stress
Mindful parenting is not some new scientific discovery. Rather, it is an inner practice that can be simply embedded in our daily life and is waiting for you to discover.
ADHD: 7 Steps to More Cooperation and Less Conflict
Parenting a child with ADHD can be difficult sometimes, but you don’t have to face these challenges alone. Join us to discuss strategies to increase cooperation and decrease conflict with your child.
ADHD and Autism Why Does My Kid Act This Way?
Are you wondering why your child with ADHD or Autism displays certain troubling behaviors? Are you feeling lost on how to parent in these moments? You are not alone. Join us to discuss why children with ADHD and Autism may display certain behaviors and how to manage challenging situations.
Conversations That Build Self Esteem for Your Child with Autism
We want our children to live healthy, happy lives with strong connections and a positive sense of self. Conversation is a pathway to developing and sustaining a healthy and trusting relationship with your child and for having a positive impact on how they see themselves.
How to Help your Child with Special Needs to Make Friends
Does your child with special needs have trouble making and keeping friends? Are you unsure how to support them in making connections with other kids? Join us to learn how you can help your child find meaningful friendships.