Friday 5: Kids & Teens

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

Increased family stress, disrupted school routines, and decreased physical activity can all contribute to sleep disturbances, wreaking havoc on a child’s emotional health. These strategies for a restful return to better sleep (I love the “5 B’s”) are useful to help your child whether or not we are in the midst of a pandemic. (Mindshift)

No one likes to be tricked. James Toop is exposing the truth about food marketing to our teens in an effort to create a new generation of healthy eaters. “We know what really motivates teens is truth and honesty, and they weren’t aware of the deliberate tactics used to get them to eat food that isn’t good for them,” explains the chief executive of Bite Back 2030. (Washington Post and Bite Back)

Turns out we tune out those we’re closest to.  Studies show an “unconscious bias” to think you already know what your loved one is going to say. Learn how to tune back in. (The New York Times)  

Parenting advice for the elusive challenge of raising siblings who get along. From Laurie Kramer, a clinical psychologist and professor at Northeastern University and founder of the More Fun With Sisters and Brothers program. (

Parenting a teen comes with challenges.  While you aren’t raising an alien from a distant planet, your teenager’s brain is wired differently than adults, causing reactions that may feel foreign.  This article describes, what’s “expected,” what’s not, and how you can ease the stress at home to transition your teen into a happy adult.

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