August 22, 2017

Secrets To A Stress-free Morning

I know for me, personally, that my weeks are not all the same and just forgiving myself when I don't accomplish everything in the first place because we know we can't do it all at the same time. Focus on priorities vs your plan. Move on and agree to have a good day so your kids can do the same.

January 31, 2018

Suicide and Young Children

Give your children space to chime in, give them space to express their opinions because really they just want to be heard. When they feel they are not being heard that's when things change, there will be tension and that's what we don't want. At the age of 9 - 12 years old, a lot of the times they don't know what they are feeling and they don't know how to put their feelings into words. As parents, we need to be a good observer of our children's behavior for us to know how to help them.

Feb 27, 2018

Mental Self-Care and Sports Mom

Parents are the experts when it comes to their children. I think people in general, we are afraid of feelings and if you are one of the sports mom who is experiencing anxiety there is nothing wrong with you. There is no reason why we should judge ourselves and be hard on ourselves.

March 14, 2018

Parent/Child Relationships

Rules without relationship lead to rebellion. We cannot be always about the rules because it's just not going to work in this time. It's true that children thrive in an environment where they know their boundaries are but it has to be communicated well. You cannot assume that your children already know.

April 3, 2018

The Sick Moms Guide: 028 Parenting 101

In parenting, we have to be resourceful because being involved in our kids' lives not only benefits them but it also benefits us. Do some research about their interests like the music or movies they like and use it as a conversation starter. Children love material things but believe it or not they also want warmth, approval and acceptance from their parents.

February 28, 2019

PPD Podcast

For people who know others who are going through postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety, it's important to listen and not judge their experience. It's important to not give their opinion unless ask to do so due to the sensitivity of the situation. Lastly, whenever you have a chance, offer or give them tangible and concrete assistance such as babysitting, bringing meals, taking them out for coffee or for lunch.

August 11, 2019

Welcome to The Power of Therapy Podcast

In this episode, I'm giving you a glimpse of what this podcast is all about and why I decided to create one on the subject of therapy!

August 27, 2019

Is Therapy Right For You?

For people who know others who are going through postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety, it's important to listen and not judge their experience. It's important to not give their opinion unless ask to do so due to the sensitivity of the situation. Lastly, whenever you have a chance, offer or give them tangible and concrete assistance such as babysitting, bringing meals, taking them out for coffee or for lunch.

March 23, 2020

One Step At A Time

Be Gentle. Some of us have lost jobs, some of us are on the front healthcare lines, some of us have paychecks regularly coming in from corporate, some of us were mandated shut down, some of us are stressed at home with kids, some of us are supporting a spouse who has lost a job. In this episode we discuss the importance of being gentle FIRST on yourself, acknowledge your feelings and in turn be GENTLE on others acknowledging everyone is processing this in their unique way.

March 25, 2020

Making Homeschool Fun

WOW! Working and homeschooling young kids honestly is one of the biggest balancing jobs I have ever done!! On this podcast we discuss why it is important to make homeschooling FUN. It decreases feeling overwhelmed and allows for more child-led learning.

March 27, 2020

Compassion For Other Perspectives

It is vital to understand we all have different perspective and that everyone has the power to be considerate during this unsettling time following the 3 C’s: Community - remember that we are all going through this. Let's not minimize people’s feelings. Consider others perspectives. No judgment. Compassion - ask, "how can I serve?'; communicate and demonstrate appreciation and gratitude. Calm - spread calm and love. Seek for "good news". Asking ourselves daily how can I serve my community, my employees, my friends, my healthcare workers, my family during these Coronavirus days and all the days beyond.

March 30, 2020

Hopeful Homeschooling

We discuss homeschooling, balancing it all, mom guilt and 5 tips to a happy homeschool experience during the corona virus. (1) Stop following other people’s rules. Trust yourself. You know what works best for your family. (2) Reserve self-judgement- intentionally LOOK for things that make your family happy. (3) Set reminder up for yourself to alleviate pressure. (4) Be open to change and be flexible about the way you do things. (5) Breathe Deeply. And most important actively affirm to yourself that you’ve got this!

April 1, 2020

Meditate To Be Good At Life

Author Emily Fletcher says "we don't meditate to become good meditators. We meditate to become good at life." It's not about the details of how you do it or how long. But really giving yourself a chance to be self-compassionate at that moment. Not judging your thoughts and emotions.

April 3, 2020

Homeschool Happier

Frequent breaks during the day can help increase a child's attention span, improve learning and decrease stress levels. You can use a timer if you'd like or post a schedule up for your little ones to see. You can expect that for every 45 minute instruction time, a 10 to 20 minute break would be good.

April 7, 2020

Surround Yourself With Positive People

Surround yourself with positive people. Positivity (1) rewires the brain because every emotion changes the neurochemistry of the brain. The opposite is also true. Negativity rewires the brain. (2) Positivity boosts your immune system (3) Positivity lowers stress levels which means focus, concentration and problem solving skills also increase. (4) Positivity increases our awareness and consciousness.

April 10, 2020

It Is Okay To Relax

Our message of encouragement for you is that it's ok to relax. We may be in a pandemic but you can protect your inner calm. Simplify your days by prioritizing your top 3 things. Check in with yourself first and regularly through out the day. Pace yourself. Tune in to how you're feelings. Watch for any negative thoughts that come up. Notice those and breathe them out in the moment. Go back to your top 3 priorities for the day. Remember to enjoy your time with your family.

April 15, 2020

Connection During Crisis

We just want to encourage you and remind you and ourselves really and our families that even through this chaos right now connection, love and empathy are very important. When we go through a crisis, our brain goes into survival mode so think emotions, think the brain is grappling for comfort looking for a way to get out of this and it is looking for a way to understand everything that is happening around us.

April 16, 2020

Resilience

Resilience is not really about the absence of fear or positivity all the time, seeing rainbows in our situation or circumstances but what it really is that sense of hope and I know that Michelle eluded to this I believe four podcasts ago when she talked about perseverance and rising up in that human spirit and that is what Resilience is really all about.

April 21, 2020

Reframe Your Covid-19 Experience

We want to share with you this real technique we called reframing. Reframing is actually born out of what we call cognitive behavioral therapy so it is a real tool that we use whenever there is a change in our circumstances or situation or whenever we want to just shift energy and shift perspective. Now do not call it just simply positive thinking because reframing really does have this effect on our cognition that walks us through a better mood or a better attitude so it is not a simple positive thinking.

April 24, 2020

How To Set An Intention During Corona Virus Living

We are talking about setting intentions so Michelle and I were thinking about what can help us ground ourselves and bring us back to the present moment and we thought about how she and I both of us set daily intentions and we wanted to share what that means and what that looks like today.

April 28, 2020

Seek Hope

Hope is not an emotion: It’s a cognitive process – a thought process made up of what researcher C.R. Snyder called the trilogy of “Goals, pathways, and agency.” Hope happens when we can set goals, have the tenacity and perseverance to pursue those goals, and believe in our own abilities to act.

April 30, 2020

Overcome Overwhelm

We want to talk about how to overcome the overwhelming but more specifically, tools for overcoming some of our negative thoughts so we know that the pandemic has really affected us, our families, our communities but it also affected us personally as moms and we cannot deny that sometimes we have our own negative thoughts and what if we do not have an outlet right now to handle those thoughts.

June 16, 2020

Friendship and Tough World Times

We do not stand for racism and are committed to learning, growing and moving forward for equality & change. The turmoil, sadness and anger from the past two months caught up to me. My body & mind shut down last week. I needed to reset and find a better way to navigate these tough conversations and make sure my love continued to shine through.

June 25, 2020

Less Chaos More Love

I'm wondering if I am the only one feeling so unsettled, so trepidatious and floundering to resettle my soul after so many months of chaos. Learn 3 things moms can do to find more love and peace right now. I discuss the importance of working from the inside out: (1) Down Time (2) Inner Time (3) Focus Time.

July 2, 2020

Communicating with Empathy & Authenticity

When we are intentional about developing empathy we can then show up as our authentic self. Think about the other persons perspective; Active listening develops empathy by validating what the other person is feeling and we don’t put them down; Come in with the intention to listen not to respond right away; A delayed response can be a wise strategy instead of responding right away; Set aside assumptions- assumptions always create chaos; Have conversations when your mind is clear. Expectations can be a barrier for empathy to develop.

July 8, 2020

Controlling the Controllables

How to focus in a world that feels so out of control right now. Here are some tips: (1) Be specific about what you want. (2) Look at what fills up your day-how does it make you feel? (3) Visualize yourself going through your day. (4) Reflect if there are places you can plan better. (5) Recall a day you felt stability & love (6) Ask for help to allow yourself to focus. (7) Reach out to our Ihelpmoms.com therapists if you need a reset.

July 16, 2020

Communication: Perspective + Kindness

Do you want to be the positive change? How to have a difference in opinion and still be kind! The world needs better communicators or even better listeners. We talk on strategies to allow society to have opinions (because we ALL have different perspectives) while learning perspective taking.

August 14, 2020

Kids Transitions During A Pandemic

So much change is happening in school, pods, e-learning, sports, new teachers, fewer social interactions. I'll discuss how to help your kids have an easier transition during this pandemic time with masks and thermometers pointed at their faces and new environments. Watch out also for signs of significant behavior changes, loss of appetite, big emotions, attachment, or disassociation as your child may need professional therapy or counseling.

September 24, 2020

How To Guide Your Kids Through Disappointment

One of the most important lessons we ourselves can learn and teach our kids is that disappointment is part of life so let’s help our kids work through emotions to grow! On this episode, we discussed how to turn school, sports, activity parenting disappointments into grit and learning what really matters.

February 9, 2021

Navigating Stress and Anxiety with Your Kids

How are your kids doing nowadays? It's been a rough year for them and as moms, we want the best for them including their mental health. All the things we are forced to face - these types of challenges that we are faced with could definitely drive us into more anxiety.

February 19, 2021

In My Head I Am The Fun Mom

But then the reality of life hits. 1. Know thyself. Use the knowledge of "window of tolerance" by Dr. Dan Siegel. Instead of overextending and pushing yourself be aware of your window. 2. At night be strategic. Sleep and rest are very important for kids' growing brains. It helps RECHARGE their brain cells and release stress. 3. Reduce the demands you have for yourself into preferences. These are your should statements. Instead of saying I “should” be the fun mom. Say it would be nice or I would prefer 20 minutes to laugh and joke around with the kids before bedtime. The preference means if it doesn't happen tonight, we can try again next time. 

April 6, 2021

What Causes Anxiety and How You Can Manage It Effectively

First of all, Anxiety is an emotion and we all experience emotions. However, what happens is that when anxiety becomes really intense - we tend to avoid things that we used to like and avoid things that are good for us. If these happen, we need to pause and assess ourselves, "Ok, what is happening?" because only an appropriate level of anxiety is good for us. However, when it becomes unmanageable to the point where we lose interest into pleasureable activities, we start to lose sleep and we start to lose appetite that's when we really need to seek help.

June 30, 2021

What To Do When Your Kids Won't Listen

Here are some tips to do: Use these moments to collect data. Learn your child- in these moments are they hungry, angry, lonely, tired? Are YOU as the parent hungry, angry, lonely, tired? STOP and provide your child stability and space when they transition from school or camp to home. Learn how to help them transition: breath exercises, music break, quiet time & space. In these moments no demands no critism. Use your words and actions to connect.

July 18, 2021

How To Release Your Painful Emotions

This one is very special to me. For the first time ever, I am sharing my grief over losing my mom to cancer about two years ago. I know that there are many in my community that are experiencing some kind of grief right now and may not have the words to express how they feel. 

August 4, 2021

Helping Loved Ones Who Feel Anxious

This one's about helping loved ones who are feeling anxious. It can be difficult to see them experience it intensely. You can support them even when you don't completely understand what's happening. And take notes of what you shouldn't say/do when they're at the height of their emotions.

August 4, 2021

Navigating Anxiety in Children and Teens

In this episode I'm sharing parenting techniques that have been known to exacerbate anxiety and what to do instead. According to my experience with my clients, children who grew up in an environment where most things they do were told, become fearful and may feel that the world is a dangerous place. This kind of fear can inhibit their growth and development mentally and emotionally.

August 16, 2021

When Tiktok Tells Your Teen They Have Anxiety

As a parent, what do you do next when your teen tells you that they have anxiety? How did they find out? They took a 5-point questionnaire on Tiktok.

August 24, 2021

Are We Overscheduling Our Kids

How do we know what sports and activities to put them in? As working parents we are pushing the limits of human capacity…what’s the cost to our mental health? Do kids that do more actually come out on top? What does it look like to STOP COMPARING and actually listen to our CHILD??