Today’s episode is more of a vulnerable one for me. I’m here with Sara Olsher, the founder and CEO of the family mental health and wellness company Mighty and Bright. As a single parent and cancer survivor, she’s seen first hand how life can deal some hard blows. Her company provides overwhelmed parents and their kids with the tools the need to prioritize mental health.
And Sara and I talk about tough topics and how to navigate them with our kids. Including subjects like divorce, cancer, or deaths in the family. During my own divorce I learned that I needed to gather a good support system and outlet for my own emotions. This way I could have the hard conversations with my kids to help them cope with the situation, without them feeling like they had to carry my emotional baggage.
What I love about Sara’s company is that she helps parents in this process through tools like books and calendars. Her tip is to have each child keep their own calendar or schedule, so they feel secure and know what’s going to happen. The books at Mighty and Bright are also really helpful ways to explain hard subjects in age appropriate ways. The goal isn’t to unload extra stress on our kids, but help them cope with what’s happening.
Even if you aren’t going through a major life even right now, Sara’s tips and tools can help any parent and child have less mental and emotional stress.
Episode Highlights With Sara
- How she got into the work of creating resources to help kids through something tough
- The importance of talking to our kids about the hard stuff
- Why we need to have the real conversations with them or they will make up stories about what is happening to help them understand
- Why using simple language and explaining how this will affect them are two important pieces
- How a calendar had such an impact on her daughter and her anxiety
- The reason she wrote a children’s book to help navigate those hard conversations
- The importance of therapists, accepting help when you need it, and healthy outlets for your own emotions
Resources We Mention
- Mighty and Bright – website
- What Happens When Someone I Love Has Cancer?: Explain the Science of Cancer and How a Loved One’s Diagnosis and Treatment Affects a Kid’s Day-To-day Life by Sara Olsher
- Nothing Stays the Same, but That’s Okay: A Book to Read When Everything (or Anything) Changes by Sara Olsher
- Up and Down, Round and Round: A book about understanding and identifying emotions by Sara Olsher
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