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The Power of Showing Up

Highlights from Expert Series

The following article shares highlights and insights from one of our Expert Series events, which are exclusive for Young Scholars and their parents.

After a spring and summer of unprecedented events, there has never been a more important time to consider what kids and teens need to thrive. Right now, many students are feeling anxious, sad, chaotic, disappointed, angry, or withdrawn. Others seem fine or might even seem to be doing better. Regardless, as parents, particularly with more months ahead of distance learning, restricted social life, and an absence of scheduled activities, we worry about our kids’ mental health, their long-term development, and their future. How do we navigate these uncertain times to minimize the damage and to maximize optimal development? Is there anything we can do to create a buffer that protects our kids? And what if we as parents don’t feel like we have the capacity to parent well right now?

The good news is that over 50 years of cross-cultural research has proven pretty clearly what kids need most, both in “normal” times and when the world seems like it’s been turned upside down. In her book THE POWER OF SHOWING UP (co-authored with Dan Siegel), Dr. Bryson shares the latest brain and attachment research, which clearly demonstrates how best to make a difference in the lives of children we care about—we simply need to show up.

In her presentation, Dr. Bryson discussed what showing up means, sharing stories and simple strategies for honoring the Four S’s (helping kids feel secure, seen, soothed, and safe). She discussed practical advice for supporting anxious kids, hitting the reset button on parenting, and creating a safe harbor at home for children of all ages. Using her trademark warmth and humor, she helped us explore how our whole community can thrive this school year, while also preparing ourselves for whatever comes next.

Here is a summary of the ideas she shared: Flyer–POSU.pdf (squarespace.com)

Additional Resources:

Fear Messaging vs. Safety Messaging

https://www.tinabryson.com/news/fear-messaging-vs-safety-messaging

Helping Kids with Anxiety about School

https://www.tinabryson.com/news/helping-kids-with-anxiety-about-school

Discipline Philosophies: Too Strict or Too Soft?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXvGrGbU_cM

Name it to Tame it strategy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SSI6k2IRLc

Office Hours with Tina parenting group (Jan – May 2021 – replays available)

https://www.tinabryson.com/office-hours?fbclid=IwAR2W5AsEjVUIIfPNl4jrrR9aKD-mPALIUQwfP5sWEvtwgmtykDy-EqRWOHY

Parenting in Place

https://www.parentinginplacemasterclass.com

 

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Authored by: Dr. Tina Bryson
Bio: Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is the author of the Bottom Line for Baby and co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times Best Sellers—The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline—each of which has been translated into over fifty languages, as well as The Yes Brain and The Power of Showing Up. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice in Southern California. Dr. Bryson keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, and clinicians all over the world, and she frequently consults with schools, businesses, and other organizations.  An LCSW, Tina is a graduate of Baylor University with a Ph.D. from USC. The most important part of her bio, she says, is that she’s a mom to her three boys. You can learn more about Dr. Bryson at TinaBryson.com.

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