Mental health challenges affect people of all ages, race, ethnicity and socio-economic status. As a Veteran who’s struggled with mental health, I know this to be true. Building resilience can help.
Remember when “like a girl” was meant to be a burn? Not anymore. The more the achievements, stories and lives of women, both past and present, are acknowledged and celebrated, the prouder we all become of living, loving, thinking and being like the incredible girls and women we are and are fortunate to know.
As chaos and uncertainty continue, leaders need to create and sustain safe spaces where everyone is welcome. Acting with compassion, inclusion and unity is critical now more than ever.
What better way to connect with your daughter than to co-found an organization dedicated to supporting the well-being of young people through kindness, courage and compassion? Well, that’s just what Cynthia Germanotta and her daughter, Lady Gaga, did with Born This Way Foundation.
“I’m feeling flappy,” my five-year-old says, looking up at me. Flappy is our word for feeling restless, or out of sorts, or just not quite right. Whenever that happens, we start by talking about why, but what works better, every time, is hugging him hard, or, failing that, dance parties.
We recently connected with two Lamorinda Activists this week, after hearing them speak at the Orinda Peaceful Protest. Miramonte high school student Ava Moran and Howard University student Kaylyn Goode provided great insights on their personal experiences with racism, and suggestions on what we can all do next to keep “fighting the good fight” towards racial justice.
Kids see the signs everywhere — in neighborhoods and social media, in life, in chalk, on cardboard: Black Lives Matter, Hate is Taught, All Mothers Were Summoned When He Called out for His Mama. It’s clearer than ever that we all need to take action. We need to talk to kids about racism, especially when they’re young—according to a Healthy Children study, internalized racism can begin as early as age two.
When my daughter was little and something would scare her, a bee, or a heffalump or a woozle from Winnie the Pooh, she’d freeze in place, unable to move. I started singing her a little song, to the tune of “Accentuate the Positive” that went “Be brave, and keep going.”
If there’s one thing sheltering in place has shown us, it’s how much thought, patience, support, commitment and care teachers give their students every day. Now more than ever is a terrific time to show them how much they’re truly appreciated.