4 Things Parents Should Avoid With Their Kids

Available for Interviews: Colleen Cira, Psy.D.

Dr. Colleen Cira is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

What Dr. Cira Can Say in an Interview on Raising Children:

  1. Do not make your children your life. This may sound crazy because for most of us parents, we often feel like our children ARE our life, but here’s the problem. When we build our life around every aspect of our children—their desires, their hobbies, their opinions—several negative things tend to happen: a) we neglect our our own needs; b) we neglect our partner/relationship/marriage; c) we teach our children that the world revolves around them. Of course we want to prioritize quality time with our kids and carve out time in our schedules to support them in things that interest them, but please: also make them go to the grocery store, also keep up with your own interests/hobbies and also continue to spend quality time with your partner.
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How to Raise Empathetic Kids: Making the World a Kinder Place

Available for Interviews:  Dr. Colleen Cira

Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

 

Talking Points on What Dr. Cira Can Say in an Interview
About Explaining Protests to kids:

There are several ways that you can increase your child’s emotional intelligence and empathy.

    1. You must have empathy yourself.  The most effective way that kids learn is by watching the way their parents behave.  If YOU, the parent, have and demonstrate empathy, your children will grow up to be empathic.  Give money to homeless folks, check in on friends, family and neighbors who are ill and/or struggling, take your child to a peaceful, family friendly protest, volunteer at a food bank together.  SHOW UP the way you’d like your child to show up someday.

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How My Daughter Became an 11-Time Bestseller

Available for Interviews:  Trevor Crane,
Publisher, Epic Author Publishing

Trevor Crane is an entrepreneur, author and speaker dedicated to helping you take your life and your business to the next level. For over a decade, he has worked relentlessly to help people from  around the world turn their passions into books, and be able to actually turn them into a business.  His latest passion is helping kids to realize they have something to contribute and can become published authors. He and his daughter are on a mission to help 1000 kids become authors. Continue reading “How My Daughter Became an 11-Time Bestseller”

4 Ways Parents Can Maintain Productivity During Lockdown

Available for Interviews:  Dr. Colleen Cira

Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

 

Talking Points on What Dr. Cira Can Say in an Interview
On How Parents Can Maintain Productivity During Lockdown:

Dr. Colleen Cira is the Founder and Executive Director of The Cira Center for Behavioral Health in Illinois—a practice that  serves close to 1,000 clients a month during the pandemic.  Dr. Cira is also a parent to a 7 and 5 year old, so she is well-equipped to offer some advice about productivity while parenting and working from home. Here’s some suggestions to make lockdown more productive:

    1. Batch the things that you need to do. A rigid schedule might be too much to expect of yourself or your kids right now, but chunking the day into different activities helps to a) create structure and routine that also allows for a bit more chaos than an hour-by-hour break-down of the day; b) helps your kids adjust to life at home because they know what they can expect; c) keeps you on task when you’re too overwhelmed to figure out how to best use a chunk of available time.

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How to Teach Your Children to Be More Inclusive

Available for Interviews: Carol Barkes

 

Carol Barkes, CPM, MBA, is a conflict resolution expert, mediator, national speaker, educator and bestselling author who uniquely applies neuroscience to the fields of conflict resolution and negotiations. Her expert perspective is always fresh and relevant.

 

Talking Points from Carol Barkes on what she can say in an interview
about Teaching Children to Be More Inclusive

 

1)  Our brains have evolved to be very socially oriented. They also look to naturally locate “people like us” and be suspicious of people who are different.

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Delicate Topics: How to Explain Protests to Kids

Available for Interviews:  Dr. Colleen Cira

Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Women and Trauma, and has worked with hundreds of people struggling with mental health issues.

 

Talking Points on What Dr. Cira Can Say in an Interview
About Explaining Protests to kids:

  1. Parents, especially White Parents, should be having conversations with children about race anyway, protests or not. Institutionalized racism is as old as America, so parents need to be talking to their children about power and privilege early on. Reading books that discuss racism and have different characters with different races, ethnicities, and cultures is recommended. Only by starting this conversation early can we ever expect to have a more loving, less hateful world.

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How to Raise Children With Healthy Self-Esteem

Interview with Dr. Colleen Cira:

Dr. Colleen Cira is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist a trauma and anxiety expert, clinical supervisor, writer, speaker, consultant, and activist. She has been published numerously offering practical advice and tips to those seeking self-help.

Talking Points from Dr. Cira on
Raising Kids With Healthy Self-Esteem:

I’ve worked with hundreds of people struggling with childhoods that they need to recover from and therefore, low self-esteem.  I am one of these folks as well so I have a unique perspective, and a lot to say, about this particular issue. Break the cycle of low self-esteem with these constructive strategies.

How do we raise kids with healthy self-esteem? 

The Impact of Stress and 5 Tips to Cope Better

Interview: Carol Barkes

 

Carol Barkes is a conflict resolution expert, mediator, national speaker, educator and bestselling author who uniquely applies neuroscience to the fields of conflict resolution and negotiations. Her expert perspective is always fresh and relevant.

 

Some Talking Points from Carol Barkes
on Stress and How to Cope
:

Constant upsetting messages can cause havoc on our brains and disrupt our wellbeing. How best to cope with it?

The Impact of Stress

Baby Steps: How New Parents Can Ask for Help

Interview: Dr. Colleen Cira, Psy.D.

From Dr. Colleen Cira
On Help for New Parents:

1) Before you can tell anyone what you need, you need to KNOW what you need. A new baby can come with lots of stress for lots of reasons, so every time you notice that you’ve overwhelmed, sad or anxious, stop for a moment and consider the origin of your overwhelm. Do you feel like you could pull out all of your hair when you look at your overflowing laundry basket? Do you become overwhelmed with dread when you think about needing to find something to cook and eat? Do you want to cry every time your baby cries? Is feeding your baby a daunting task?? Only by figuring out what specifically is feeling overwhelming can you start to address it so just start to notice.
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Kids & College: Smart Talk From a Financial Advisor

Interview Kathleen E. Owings.

Financial Advisor, Kathleen Owings can discuss the topic of planning for college and how to have that important talk with your college-bound children.

Some key points that Kathleen Owings
can expand on in an interview on college planning:

Talking to your kids about finances is never easy; especially if you need to tell them that they are going to be responsible for their own college expenses. It is certainly important to have the conversation in the event that their heart is set on an ivy league college, but they do not realize that the bill will fall on them. Here’s some straight-forward advice on addressing the issue:

  1. Have that open conversation about college so everyone is on the same page. Talk to them about where they would like to go to school and what they think they want to study.
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