The latest in children's mental health, strategies, parenting tips, and more written by Lutherwood staff and professionals.
- Anxiety and Youth
Anxiety is a typical reaction to perceived danger. It tells us something potentially scary is about to happen and helps our body get ready to respond to the danger by triggering the fight-flight-freeze response. Below are some tips to try when experiencing anxiety.Read More
- Emotion Coaching 101
Emotion coaching is how we get back to the ground floor. It can help to increase cooperation, de-escalate situations, and teaches emotion regulation. Through our words and tone of voice, we can demonstrate empathy and that we “get it” and can try to co-regulate those big feelings.Read More
- What to Do When You and Your Child Disagree
Imagine you are about to celebrate your child’s 21st birthday. What kind of person do you hope they will be? What kind of relationship do you want with them?Read More
- What is Shame and What Do I Do About It?
Shame is common and one of the ways we keep ourselves safe. It notifies us when we behave in unacceptable ways and prompts us to correct the situation, but sometimes shame takes over. Here are 4 tips to overcoming shame.Read More
- Music Therapy and Youth
“You just don’t understand”. “My parents don’t get it”. “No one knows how I’m feeling”.
Taken at face value, these statements make it seem like youth are pushing us away or being anti-social. Under the surface though is a driving need for connection and validation. For many youth, music meets both of these needs.Read More
- Managing Your Mental Health During a Pandemic
We may find ourselves, our coworkers and our friends and families having trouble coping. Globally, we are all experiencing the affects of COVID-19 in some capacity. Here are four ways to manage your mental health during a pandemic.Read More
- Strategies and Resources for Youth to Start Normalizing the Conversation about Mental Health
Mental health can be a scary topic for some to discuss. There can be unknowns regarding mental wellness and in some ways, the subject has only more recently been embraced by society. For youth, discussing this may be intimidating as they may feel that they lack specialized knowledge or experience to begin a conversation about this important subjectRead More
- Respecting Name and Pronouns
Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming identities are becoming more visible. Such people have always been with us; however, there has been growing acceptance and recognition that these ways of being are legitimate and worthy of celebrating.Read More
- Dealing with Math Anxiety
How do you feel about Math? If I told you that you needed to take a Math test tomorrow what would your response be? A lot of people would be experiencing feelings of panic, fear, and dread at the thought of this and if that is how you feel, you are not alone!Read More
- Ways to Help Children with Climate Change Anxiety
Climate change anxiety in young clients has increased over the years. Fear is an adaptive emotion; it is there to help keep us safe in the face of danger. But when the danger feels large and unchangeable, it can lead to feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed. Here are four ways to address climate change anxiety in children.Read More