This episode is on a really cool new concept called “umbrella parenting,” a term for raising children with strong coping skills. I’m here with Dr. Jen Forristal, a naturopathic doctor and the founder of the Umbrella Project, a well-being curriculum that is currently running in hundreds of schools internationally. Since tools for emotional well-being are especially important right now, I knew I wanted to share her research far and wide.
Today Dr. Jen gives some really, really (and I mean really!) helpful parenting tips and ways that we can work with our kids at different ages. Some of these tools include matching the words we use to the phase of psychological development that they are in, or actively working to open lines of communication.
I learned so much in this episode that I can’t wait to try and apply at home. Take a list and let me know what you think!
Episode Highlights With Dr. Jen Forristal
- What umbrella parenting and the umbrella project is
- The reasons parenting is more difficult these days, especially with technology
- Core coping skills that are important for parents to be able to pass on
- Skills: Growth Mindset, Empathy, Adaptability, Sense of Purpose, Gratitude, Coping with Adversity, Mindfulness
- An important reason not to do everything for your kids
- Her advice for navigating the teenage years and the importance of autonomy
- A great parenting tip to maintain trust and communication
- Her advice to her own teenage self
- Helpful conversations for younger children to learn to understand and process emotion
- Why to ask kids “what does that mean”
- The importance of mindfulness for children and adults
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- The Umbrella Project
- Umbrella Parenting course (use code WELLNESSMAMA to take $10 off – includes two courses)
- Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
More From Wellness Mama
- 448: Mike Bayer on Creating a Strong Mindset in Ourselves and Our Kids
- 390: How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kids for Success With Julie Lythcott-Haims
- 289: Stoic Wisdom for Modern Life and Parenting With Ryan Holiday
- 206: Your Parenting Mojo on Why We Need to Let Our Kids Take More Risks
- 59: SaunaCast: Katie and Heather Talk Goals, Parenting & Saunas
- My Parenting Rule to Foster Independence (& Save My Sanity)
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