Thanks so much for coming by to check out this special Bonus Episode of The New Family Podcast for #BellLetsTalk Day, a candid discussion on parenting and mental health!
For this special bonus episode of the podcast for Bell Let’s Talk Day, I’m joined by a very special guest, parenting author Ann Douglas. Ann and I hope you’ll share this episode with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk to support Canadian mental health programs. Ann almost needs no introduction because her name really is synonymous with parenting advise. She’s Canada’s most trusted and prolific parenting writer, though her work is known in many other countries as well. She’s the author of the bestselling Mother of All series of parenting books, and 30 books in total, the most recent of which is Parenting Through the Storm: How to Handle the Highs, the Lows and Everything in Between. Ann and I delve into the harder stuff to talk about that we really must talk about more often—your mental health as a parent and your kids’ mental health. How to thrive yourself and how to help them thrive. Ann’s an outspoken advocate for mental health issues and has been candid about both her own bipolar diagnosis as well as the mental health issues her children have faced. She shares advice on how to advocate for your children when they’re having mental health struggles, how to cope with the long wait to see specialists, and about the importance of good self-care during difficult times. Whether it’s you or your child facing a mental health challenge, it’s critical to know that you’re not alone in facing these issues—despite the impression you may have from viewing your friends social media feeds. Ann reminds us that every family goes through tough times and that we shouldn’t be afraid to reach out for support in our darker hours. To help Canadians access the mental health resources they need, please text or tweet this episode with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk.
Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Ann.
Ann’s Favourite Parenting Advice:
“Very early on my family doctor told me that I wasn’t going to be able to protect my child from every heartbreak and hardship, but what I could do was equip my kids with the skills they need to weather life’s storms. So I think that really made me feel that I didn’t have to superhuman, anticipating everything that could happen, whether it was a school-yard bully or a failed math test or a fall down the slide, all those things that happen in childhood. But rather that I could equip my kids with the coping skills and the confidence that hey would be able to get through the hard times, and that I would be able to create a safe haven in our family as a result of our connection to one another. So that’s what I’ve tried to do: help them become self-sufficient, strong people who also know that whatever they need, there dad and I are just a phone call or a text message away.”
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