The 10 best parenting tips for people afraid to raise kids with mental illness

What’s the best parenting advice you ever heard?

Was it an inspirational quote from a book? Or an old wives’ tale that actually worked?

One of the hardest parts of being a parent is the constant influx of information. From the second you announce your pregnancy, you are bombarded by advice from people who have been there, done that. It can be very overwhelming!

It’s especially overwhelming for parents that live with depression and anxiety. Even if their child was very much wanted, it’s hard to hear parenting spoken about like it’s so simple.

Why mental health in men is such an issue + 5 action steps you can take today

Why don’t we talk about mental health in men more? I’ve noticed a fairly sizable cultural shift in my circle of female friends and relatives lately. When I make a post on social media about anxiety or depression, the support I get from females going through the same thing is ever increasing. “YES!” “Same here.” …

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Positive thinking for kids in 5 easy steps

Raise your hand if you could use the power of positive thinking! I know that millions of you have been searching for answers lately. How can I be more positive? Why is positive thinking so damn hard? What makes me think negative thoughts in the first place? I’ve been right there with you. Every day is a constant positivity exercise for me, as I work to challenge the negative thoughts that pop up in my head. Gee, thanks, anxiety and grief! But there is someone who needs positive thinking even more than we do. Someone you might have assumed sees the world through rose colored glasses. Do you know who I’m talking about? Your child!

positive affirmations

21 amazing positive affirmations that will totally change your mindset

Do you use positive affirmations on a daily basis? I refused to try them until I was in my 30s. Well, I had a brief tryst with them in middle school when I was dealing with a lot of school-related anxiety. My mom would sit by my bed and sing the “It’s Gonna Be a Great Day” song. (An original creation) As I grew up, I started to see a lot of personal development stuff as woo, and it took until I was 30 or so until I really started to see the benefits. What happened? I hit rock bottom.

7 helpful questions you need to ask to improve your positive thinking

I’m going to go out on a limb and say you could use some help with positive thinking.

There is nothing to be ashamed of if your positive thinking is a little off. I am right there with you. 2020 has been one disaster after another for millions of people around the world.

This has been a really challenging year for me too. I am pregnant after some issues earlier in the year. We are overjoyed, but our struggles are always in the back of our mind. We’re also struggling with disappointment that our oldest is not going to have the normal kindergarten experience she was so excited for. We miss friends we haven’t seen in months.

So, like I said, I totally get it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If you aren’t a little worried or stressed right now, you’re probably not paying attention.