When life gives us some difficult situations to deal with, whether it be divorce or a cancer diagnosis, how can we best explain it to our children? Sara used her creative and psychology background to do just that and has developed fabulous resources for all of us, whether dealing with simple or complex situations and raising resilience along the way.
What We Talked About
- What brought her to create what she needed but could not find
- The importance of predictability for children’s mental health
- Parents need better tools to teach social and emotional skills
- Why it is important to talk about hard situations with our children
- Some of Sara’s discoveries as she did her research for her books and resources
- What exactly are Protective Factors when it comes to Mental Health
Things to Remember
“Parenting means you have to be willing to get creative, make mistakes, and make beauty out of all the mess ups you make.”
“Kids understand way more than we give them credit for.”
“Grief happens when anything is taken away without your consent.”
“Change is grief for kids.”
“You cannot get through life today without having some coping skills.”
“You don’t have to be perfect to be awesome.”
– Sara Olsher
“Children have the resilience to outlive their sufferings, if given a chance.” – Ishmael Beah
“Children are resilient and strong with powerful spirits.” – Rhea Perlman
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Let’s Continue the conversation…
Now, Sara and I want to hear from you!
Have you had to explain a difficult situation to your young children? Listen in to find what one mother created to help us all.
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More About My Guest
Sara Olsher is the founder and CEO of the family mental health and wellness company Mighty + Bright and the author of ten picture books for kids coping with divorce, cancer, change, and big feelings.
As a single parent and cancer survivor, Sara has seen firsthand that the universe can deal some pretty harsh blows.
Her company, Mighty + Bright, provides tools to help overwhelmed parents prioritize mental health for their kids, learning together and incorporating coping skills into daily life.
- Website: Mighty + Bright
- Facebook: Mighty + Bright
- Instagram: @mightyandbrightco
- TikTok: @mightyandbrightco
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