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 Right now, many students are feeling anxious, sad, chaotic, disappointed, angry, or withdrawn.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)
Fear Messaging vs. Safety Messaging
Helping Kids with Anxiety about School
Discipline Philosophies: Too Strict or Too Soft?
Name it to Tame it strategy
Office Hours with Tina parenting group (Jan – May 2021 – replays available)
Parenting in Place
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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.