Friday 5: Kids & Teens

Check out what we’ve been reading to support your child’s mental health:

One of the most important things caregivers can do with their children is read with them. It promotes good bedtime habits, early literacy, and strong parent-child connection. Check out these tips: Why It’s Important To Read Aloud With Your Kids And How To Make It Count. (Washington Post)

It’s so important for parents, educators, and students to understand the signs of dyslexia and find ways to help. That’s why MindShift published the Guide to Understanding Dyslexia. (Mindshift)

What if we focused on our children’s “problem” behaviors as “communication” behaviors instead? Our Mama Village attempts to help mothers do just this in a recent post (Our Mama Village)

Check out Peggy Orenstein’s new book, “Boys & Sex,” based on her research and interviews of boys aged 16-22. She notes that society doesn’t often give boys “permission or space” to discuss their interior lives. While girls often feel cut off from their bodies, boys are more often disconnected from their emotions. Emotional vulnerability is an essential component for healthy relationships.  In this interview about her book, Orenstein shares what she’s learned, and what you can do, to help your son negotiate the path to adulthood. (The New Yorker)

“Ultimately, I’m afraid that if I don’t help my son with his homework, he’s going to end up living at home into his early adulthood, stuck on the couch playing video games.” Can you relate? Read on for tips to motivate your teenager in this article from Berkley’s Greater Good sister site. (Greater Good)

Jamie Dana

Jamie Dana

Jamie Dana, MC, LPC, helps teens and adults overcome mental roadblocks and achieve their goals to live an elevated life. Specialties include research-based interventions to address stress and anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, eating issues and struggles of the gifted and high-achieving population. For more information about her techniques, services and additional resources to help you succeed, check her out at or follow us on Facebook and Instagram. You can also Contact her to schedule an initial appointment today