As I celebrate another year of life, I find myself reflecting on the past, particularly a poignant memory from my 13th birthday. Turning 13 marked a significant milestone, and I couldn't wait to celebrate with my friends.
On that anticipated day, only one friend was able to attend my sleepover party. The rest were away on a ski trip, leaving me with a mix of embarrassment and hurt. I couldn't help but wonder why I hadn't been a part of that ski trip with them. The disappointment ran deep, and it's a feeling many of us have experienced in our lives.
Friendship disappointments can cut deep, and that experience was no exception. What I've learned as an adult is that we often personalize these situations, making them about ourselves when, in reality, they may not be.
I share this personal story not only as a reflection on my past but to acknowledge the universal struggles that girls face in...
I want to address a poignant question raised by one of my Instagram followers, who expressed concerns about feeling a growing distance between her and her teenage daughter.
It's a challenge many parents face as their children navigate the tumultuous waters of adolescence.
To shed some light on this matter, I turned to Dr. Cam Caswell, an Adolescent Psychologist and Parent Coach, who provides valuable insights into why teens may withdraw from their parents.
Dr. Caswell identifies three key reasons why teens may stop sharing their lives with their parents:
1. Teens Feel a Lack of Active Listening: Teens want to be heard, not just talked at. When parents don't actively listen, it can create a barrier to communication.
2. Feeling Judged: The fear of judgment can be paralyzing for teens. If they sense criticism or disapproval, they may be hesitant to open up.
3. Parental Overreactions: Teens often navigate intense emotions and need a safe space to express themselves. If parents...
In our most recent Brave Girl Tribe call, part of my Life Coaching Virtual program designed for girls in 5th to 8th grade, the girls bravely opened up about their experiences with worry and anxiety. Their courage shed light on a common struggle that many of our tweens and teens face.
This time of year, we often see an increase in worry and anxiety as the demands of school increase, friendship changes and breakdowns happen, and the winter gloomies start.The Fear of Fear: Breaking the Worry Cycle
Some members of the Brave Girl Tribe opened up about fearing their own anxiety, particularly the worry of experiencing a panic attack. It's crucial to recognize that this fear can create a cycle that intensifies anxiety. In our discussions, we've emphasized that avoidance only strengthens worry.
The first step in encouraging our girls to manage their worry and anxiety is to externalize their worry by giving it a name. This helps our girls separate themselves from worry and not get down on...
Friendships, as beautiful and fulfilling as they can be, are not always smooth sailing. We've all encountered the stormy seas of misunderstandings, conflicts, and the inevitable ups and downs of maintaining meaningful connections.
In 2016-2017, ROX Institute's Girls Index Survey found that a staggering 76% of girls reported that they believe most girls are in competition with each other. This statistic has left a lasting impression on me and evokes a sense of sadness.
This staggering statistic reminds us of a troubling truth. While friendships hold the potential to be incredible sources of support and joy, they can also become tangled webs of competition and misunderstandings, particularly among young girls. It highlights the urgent need to equip ourselves and our daughters with the tools to foster healthier, more collaborative connections.
How can we help our girls become champions of other girls?
Helping girls become champions of other girls involves fostering a culture of...
As parents, we embark on a beautiful journey with our children, witnessing their growth and development at every step.
Along this path, we encounter moments of joy, laughter, and love, but we also face challenges and complexities that can be overwhelming.
As our children grow and navigate new emotions, they may struggle to find the right words to express what's happening inside. That's where the "Feeling Wheel" becomes an invaluable tool – a compass guiding the ups and downs of emotions in our homes or even during car rides.
We want to help our kids to develop their emotional literacy and learn how to describe emotions beyond "Happy," "Sad," "Mad," and "Scared." When we ask our children how they feel, their answers are often limited.
"Happy," "Sad," "Mad," and "Scared" are fundamental emotions, but the richness of our emotional landscape extends far beyond these four labels. The Feeling Wheel unlocks a treasure trove of emotions, giving our children a vocabulary to...
Hi Brave Friends,
In the fast-paced and demanding world we live in, it's easy for parents and children to neglect their own well-being while attending to the responsibilities of daily life. However, self-care is not just a luxury but a crucial aspect of maintaining a healthy and balanced life for both parents and children. Taking care of one's mental and physical health is not only essential for personal well-being but also for fostering stronger family bonds and promoting a positive environment.
For parents, self-care practices range from simple strategies like getting enough rest, setting boundaries, and engaging in hobbies to more profound exercises like mindfulness and seeking support from loved ones. Embracing these practices can help parents maintain their sense of self amidst the responsibilities of parenthood and foster a healthier, more nurturing environment for their children.
Self-care Tips for Parents:
Hi Brave Girls,
Today we are doing a meditation based on Thich Nhat Hanh’s, A Handful of Quiet.
You will need 4 pebbles.
The first pebble is your flower. It is a reminder of being fresh and open. It also reminds us to see the beauty and possibilities around us.
The second pebble represents your mountain. The mountain pebble reminds us that we all are solid and calm inside. This helps our friends see us as reliable. It reminds us that we can depend on ourselves.
The third pebble represents calm water. When you look at the lake's calm surface, you can see the reflection of the clouds, the sky, and the mountains. Calm water helps reflect what is truly there. This pebble reminds us to find our calm.
The fourth pebble represents space and freedom. Space is freedom, and freedom is the foundation for true happiness.
Holding these pebbles while meditating can help you stay in the present moment. I love feeling the different textures of my pebbles and the cool touch!
Hi Brave Friends,
As part of the Inner Spring Cleaning, I will be sharing weekly meditations.
This week we start with a Loving Kindness Meditation to help inspire compassion for yourself, family, friends, and even those people that bring up negative emotions in you.
There is a free Love and Kindness Journaling Page that is included in The Inner Spring Cleaning Mental Health Cleanse Journal that you can download. Do this quick activity after your meditation! This will really help you deepen your experience.
Meditating has been the one thing that has truly made a difference in how I feel and how I react to everyday stressors in my life.
I would love to hear your thoughts after doing this practice. Please leave a comment below.
I have a poster that you can print out and keep by your workspace so that you can do this practice anytime.
Wishing you a wonderful day!
Hi Brave Friends!!
I am sharing with you one of my secrets that I do everyday-sometimes even twice a day, and I am sharing this secret with you because I want you to feel happy, centered, healthy, and present.
The secret is that I practice mindfulness every day, and it is the one thing that helps grow my happiness and makes me feel better. I want you so badly to try it because I want you to see how something so simple can make such a significant impact on how you feel. It is a simple practice. It just requires you!
I know sweet friend how busy you are; we all experience stress, we all experience moments of anxiety, and we all experience loss and heartache. Living is hard work but so worth it, but often we are stuck in the past or worried about the future that we aren't experiencing the here and now of what is happening.
This is why I practice mindfulness. I don't want any more time to slip away from me than already has. I want to savor every moment and be present...