We all want our children to be happy and healthy, but we can’t control life.
“I don’t care what my son grows up to be, I just want him to be happy.”
We hear one another say this all the time.
In recent decades, efforts to ensure our child’s happiness has become paramount.
Saying things, doing things, making opportunities available to our children have all become parental obsessions. I get it.
We want our children to be happy because if they feel good, so do we.
I’m a parent and a grandmother and I will selfishly say that if one of my adult children or grandchildren is distressed, so am I.
However, in addition to working hard to help our children obtain happiness and contentment, we must do something first.
Every parent finds themselves at a crossroads when trying to control their level of worry.
Provide them emotional wellbeing, awareness, and know when to really WORRY.
I’m worried. Should I be worrying?
As parents, we are constantly trying to discern what is a big deal and what is not. We love our kids and we fight for their peace.
Our brains buzz with worry on a 24/7 basis.
- Is it normal that my daughter is anxious to go to school?
- Is my son depressed? He just wants to be alone all the time…
- Does my daughter feel guilty about the divorce? How do I show her this isn’t her fault?
- How can I get my child to open up to me?
- Am I totally overreacting?
If we can’t tell the difference between what is normal anxiety or life-threatening than how can we truly take care of our children?
Some problems need professional help, but they all require parental help.
I'm here to help you help your child, this toolkit will provide you with the following resources and skills:
- Gain Behavioral Insight — Understand where your child is developmentally so you can communicate emotional boundaries and expression clearly.
- Know The Warning Signs — Learn the difference between severe mood disorders such as depression and normal developmental stages.
- Be Your Child’s Ear — Create a strong emotional connection between you and your child with consistent, pediatrician-approved techniques.
- Respond Appropriately —Learn how to respond and how to NOT respond to your child's emotional outbursts and experiences.
- Teach Expression — Learn how to teach your children to talk about their feelings and express them as they emotionally mature.
Know what to do, how to act, and when to get professional help for your child.
- Understand the difference between serious anxiety and normal fear.
- Learn the clinical categories for anxiety, their definitions, warning signs, and developmental stages.
- Access to activities and specific discussion questions to help your child share and externalize their emotions
- Learn the behavioral signs of depression: what it is and what it is not.
- How to find medical help for your child.
- Download 1: How to practice positivity at home
- Download 2: Discussion Guide for teaching your child about emotional resilience
- 5 Lessons
- 5 Video Trainings
- 5 Audio Trainings
- 1 Downloadable eBook
- 2 Downloadable Worksheets
"I believe the difference between feeling scared or lost, and creating confidence in your parenting goals can come down to having a plan and getting the right tools for the job. My goal is to give you everything you need to create a healthy, open dialogue with your children about sex” - Dr. Meg
Parents know their children better than anyone – teachers, coaches or peers – it is extremely important that they be equipped with skills to determine normal moody behavior from pathology.
As a pediatrician of 30 years, I have seen every parenting style imaginable. I have watched thousands of kids grow up in all types of situations, and through it I have learned what works and what doesn’t when it comes to keeping children emotionally secure.
It is no secret that the prevalence of anxiety and depression has risen in children over the past 10 years. Physicians are quicker to diagnose problems in children because of increased awareness, but we have a way to go to improve children's’ mental health.
Parents can be confused by a child’s mood swings and many feel helpless when it comes to figuring out whether a child has a mood disorder that requires medical attention or whether the child is simply experiencing age-related mood changes.
As a mother and grandmother, I get what you are feeling. I know what it’s like to want to carry your child through tough times so they’ll never have to feel heartbreak, sadness, or fear.
What we can do? We can support them. Provide them with skills to handle their emotions, and educate ourselves.
I’ve helped thousands of parents improve their understanding of mood pathology and emotional wellbeing. I’ve seen their kids heal, and their relationships become closer.
I’ll teach you too. I can’t wait to see how Learn How to Monitor Your Child’s Moods will change your home for the better!
-- Meg Meeker, MD