PODCAST

Notes from a Child Psychologist

Dr. Tasha Brown

Welcome to the “Notes from a Child Psychologist Podcast”, a place for parents who aspire to be intentional about meeting their child’s mental health needs. The “Notes From a Child Psychologist Podcast” is hosted by Dr. Tasha Brown, a licensed clinical psychologist. In her clinical practice, Dr. Brown provides a wide variety of evidence-based clinical services to parents and children. Dr. Brown is passionate about helping the individuals she works with function adequately at home, school, and in their communities. She is EXCITED about using this platform to help parents make decisions about their children’s everyday lives. Each week the podcast will explore topics that directly impact the mental health of children. Parents will walk away with facts, resources, and practical tools that will help them make decisions for their children and family that work for them!

Managing  Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)- Part 2Understanding Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)- Part 1It's All About Mindset- Helping Your Child Develop a Growth Mindset.
Helping your child to develop a growth mindset encourages them to be confident and to become great problem solvers as they mature. It is never too early to encourage your child to develop a growth mindset and, in this episode, we will dive into some simple actionable tips that you can start implementing today to help your child develop a growth mindset. Grab your notebooks and get ready to take notes on how you can start fostering a growth mindset in your child today. Because children with a growth mindset know from an early age that with practice, they can develop new skills and strategies to be successful in their efforts.Welcome to another episode of Notes From A Child Psychologist. Episode Highlights[00:02:00] How to develop a growth mindset in your child and how to help them. [00:04:25] Note of the week, Developing A Growth Mindset For Kids. [00:06:00] What is a growth mindset vs a fixed mindset and how does this affect children as they grow. [00:09:51] When you are differentiating between a growth mindset a fixed mindset, take notice of how your child handles setbacks.[00:12:03] How can you help encourage your child to develop a growth mindset.[00:14:08] Encourage your child to ask for help and when you should step in to help them.  [00:17:20] How to engage and foster conversations with your child about what they can learn from failures. [00:19:50] How praise can help your child to develop a growth mindset and not a fixed mindset. [00:22:45] A quick rundown of how you can foster a growth mindset in your child. Resources:Website- https://www.drtashabrown.com/Email Address- Dr.tashabrown7@gmail.comInstagram- https://www.instagram.com/dr.tashabrown/Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/dr.tashabrown7Note of the week- Growth Mindset For Kids
Apr 12 2022
25 mins
How to Know If your Child Needs Therapy
Don’t be afraid to broach the topic of therapy/mental health treatment with your child. Parents are often surprised by how willing their children are to speak with someone about what is going on in their lives. Many parents make the assumption that mental health may mean that their child will be stigmatized or that they may automatically require medication or even a hospital stay. What we know is that therapy can be a great place for your children and adolescents to learn new coping strategies, learn problem solving skills, and can even be helpful in improving your relationship with your child.Today we are going to jump into a few ways that you will know your child needs therapy and what that looks like for them.Welcome to another episode of Notes From A Child Psychologist. Episode Highlights:•[00:01:30] Note of the week, Signs Your Child May Need A Therapist.•[00:03:33] How to know your child needs therapy and what therapy is.•[00:05:34] What therapy looks like for children in adolescence and what actually happens in therapy for children in adolescence.•[00:09:29] Many sessions may take place virtually •[00:11:00] A lot of therapy for adolescents looks like playing or drawing, or even sketching because these are forms of communication for children.•[00:13:44] Position yourself in such a way that your adolescent knows that therapy is a safe space for them and do not expect for the therapist to reveal everything that was discussed during the session.•[00:16:50] Common signs to know that your child needs therapy.•[00:18:40] Ask yourself, is this causing significant impairment in my life and is this changing my family dynamic.•[00:21:14] America is currently in a mental health crisis and waiting list are full, so it is best to monitor the symptoms that you are concerned with along with interventions.•[00:24:54] Therapy is a process and some treatments may take longer than others. Resources:Website- https://www.drtashabrown.com/Email Address- Dr.tashabrown7@gmail.comInstagram- https://www.instagram.com/dr.tashabrown/Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/dr.tashabrown7Note of the week- Signs That Your Child May Need A Therapist
Apr 5 2022
29 mins
Social Media and Your Child's  Mental Health
Likes, comments, subscribers - Oh my! Social media plays a significant role in peer-to-peer interaction for today's children- if you're 35 years old or older, you grew up differently. You built friendships through face-to-face interactions at prescribed times (school, recreational activities, and playing outside until the street lights came on;)  We often talk about the harmful impacts of social media. Yet, we rarely have conversations that balance social media's positive and negative components until today!In today's episode, I discuss the pros and cons of social media while sharing strategies that families can use to set boundaries, ensure safety, and, most importantly, tend to the mental health needs of their children.Welcome to another episode of Notes From A Child Psychologist. Episode Highlights: [00:03:36] Note of the week, Social Media Effects On Child Mental Health [00:06:31] How social media satisfies the need for social connections in today's adolescents[00:08:52] As the world goes, digital social media is a resource that improves children's technical savvy[00:09:52] Is your child a creative person that struggles to find outlets in their school and community? Social media can help children express their creativity and find their tribe. Listen as I explain how. [00:11:43] Worried that your adolescent is developing an addiction to their phone and social accounts? You may not be wrong. [00:12:54] Is there such a thing as too much time spent on social media? According to research, there is, and the consequence can lead to anxiety and other mental health concerns.  [00:14:49]The Facebook Study on social media and female self-esteem [00:16:06] Cyberbullying is a real concern, and it's impacting children in ways that weren't possible 20 years ago; listen as I explain how to protect your child. [00:18:37]Strategies for setting boundaries on your child's social media usage and minimizing inappropriate content[00:20:28] The million-dollar question - Is checking your child's phone fair? Here I weigh in with my professional opinion[00:22:29] Talking to adolescents and preteens can be tricky. Here are a few strategies and alternatives to social media that your child may not mind engaging. Resources: Website- https://www.drtashabrown.com/ Email Address- Dr.tashabrown7@gmail.com Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/dr.tashabrown/ Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/dr.tashabrown7 Note of the week -Social Media Affects Mental HealthMentioned In This Episode: Listen to: Who makes the parenting rules? Additional Resource Understanding Social Media and your child's mental health
Mar 29 2022
30 mins
Screen Time and Your Child's Mental Health
Technology, namely portable devices, has impacted every industry imaginable while giving us unprecedented access to information. Through these advancements, our children have learned online during a pandemic, connected to relatives in different parts of the world, and gained knowledge at a speed that we could have only imagined 20 years ago. Despite the positive impact that portable computers, tablets, and smartphones have provided, we cannot ignore the negative impact. As children become more connected to devices, parents and caregivers often ask me how these devices and the media that children consume on them impact their mental health. In this episode, we discuss screen time through the lens of mental health for children. We'll cover screen time recommendations based on The American Psychological Association's research for different age groups and strategies to help parents and caregivers monitor and control access to what their children are consuming. [00:01:30] How screen time has evolved from Millennials and Generation Z and the Note of the week from The American Psychological Association[00:05:30] The American Psychological Association has released media guidelines- here is what parents and caregivers should know about introducing screen time.[00:07:50] Are you a parent or caregiver struggling to set limits on screen time and media for your teenager? Here are a few strategies that you can use to set age-appropriate boundaries while limiting the drama. [00:08:45] The importance of parents and caregivers monitoring media and providing context[00:13:02] The negative impacts of screen time and what parents and caregivers can do to minimize it.[00:14:58] Screen time and sleep habits [00:17:38] Cyberbullying and how to protect your child [00:21:41] How to use your parenting values to create your family's framework around screen timeResources: Website- https://www.drtashabrown.com/ Email Address- Dr.tashabrown7@gmail.com Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/dr.tashabrown/ Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/dr.tashabrown7 Note of the week - APAs Screen Time RecommendationsAdditional Article- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6214874/The Value-Based Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values and who would love a space where they can explore the values they bring to parenting.The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link.REGISTER HEREThe Value-Based Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values and who would love a space where they can explore the values they bring to parenting.The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link.REGISTER HERE
Mar 22 2022
42 mins
Ahh! My Child is Having a Tantrum: Helping Your Child Manage Big Emotions : Part 2
When children feel their needs aren't met physically or emotionally, they get angry, frustrated, and annoyed. But, unlike us, our children don't have the emotional language to express themselves —leading to temper tantrums/big emotions. Often when parents and caregivers find themselves frustrated when managing their child’s big emotions. In this two-part episode, we explore age-appropriate tantrums (yes, some tantrums are a part of normal development), The ABCs of emotions, and responses that parents and caregivers can use to guide children through Big Emotions. In part two of this episode, we will explore a variety of ways that parents can manage their child’s disruptive behaviors.   Join me for another episode of Notes From A Child PsychologistResources: Website- https://www.drtashabrown.com/ Email Address- Dr.tashabrown7@gmail.com Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/dr.tashabrown/ Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/dr.tashabrown7 Note of the week - How Parents Make Tantrums WorseThe Value-Based Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values and who would love a space where they can explore the values they bring to parenting.The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link.REGISTER HEREThe Value-Based Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values and who would love a space where they can explore the values they bring to parenting.The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link.REGISTER HERE
Mar 17 2022
38 mins
Ahh! My Child is Having a Tantrum: Helping Your Child Manage Big Emotions : Part 1
When children feel their needs aren't met physically or emotionally, they get angry, frustrated, and annoyed. But, unlike us, our children don't have the emotional language to express themselves —leading to temper tantrums/big emotions. Often when parents and caregivers find themselves frustrated when managing their child’s big emotions. In this two-part episode, we explore age-appropriate tantrums (yes, some tantrums are a part of normal development), The ABCs of emotions, and responses that parents and caregivers can use to guide children through Big Emotions. In part two of this episode, we will explore a variety of ways that parents can manage their child’s disruptive behaviors.   Join me for another episode of Notes From A Child Psychologist[00:04:33] Join the Parenting Values Workshop on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST.[00:05:37] Note of the week- How Parents Make Tantrums Worse [00:12:13] What is the definition of a tantrum? Join me as I walk through the questions parents and adults can ask themselves about their child's Big Emotions. [00:17:01] Tantrums are a part of a child's development and don't stop after grade school - Join me as I share what tantrums look like at various ages [00:20:32] Manipulative behaviors vs. Cycles of interactions in younger children[00:22:23] Understanding the ABCs of emotions and feelings [00:24:14] Two questions parents and caregivers can ask themselves before responding to a child's tantrums [00:25:41] The #1 strategy that I recommend to parents and caregivers navigating a child's tantrums[00:29:24]Supporting children as they navigate Big Emotions and what to expect for our next episode Resources: Website- https://www.drtashabrown.com/ Email Address- Dr.tashabrown7@gmail.com Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/dr.tashabrown/ Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/dr.tashabrown7 Note of the week - How Parents Make Tantrums WorseThe Value-Based Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values and who would love a space where they can explore the values they bring to parenting.The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link.REGISTER HEREThe Value-Based Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values and who would love a space where they can explore the values they bring to parenting.The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link.REGISTER HERE
Mar 15 2022
42 mins
Navigating Conversations About War and Conflict with your Children
The complexities of foreign policy and long-standing feuds between nations are too intricate for adults to understand let alone children. Therefore, I understand why many adults shy away from having conversations about war and conflict.This podcast exists to assist parents and educators in navigating these critical conversations so that we can protect the mental health of our children. In this episode, we discuss how to talk about the War In Ukraine with our school-age and adolescents childrenMy goal with this episode is to give adults the tools to help children manage the emotions that come with exposure to images of war and extreme violence. We want to help children develop empathy and ease emotional distress. Show Highlights:[00:01:45]The importance of fostering empathy and providing children context into what's going on in the world. [00:02:43] Difficult conversations provide parents and caregivers with the chance to help children develop an emotional vocabulary and critical thinking skills - Listen as I share other benefits of providing safe spaces to talk about emotions.  [00:03:24]How do children process complex information? Join me as I share what happens when children don't have context and the importance of developing compassion in children. [00:06:19] Note Of The Week- Talking To Children About War[00:07:52] Understanding is not based on age but cognitive, social, and emotional functioning - Here I share how to discuss the war with various age groups and conversation starters. [00:17:47] The problem with news and media is that is not designed for children. Listen as I share strategies for protecting children's mental health.[00:30:50] Strategies for understanding the emotional language of children and how to adopt their communication style to encourage open dialogue.[00:29:15] Self-care for parents and caregivers and the importance of modeling authenticity is explained here.Click here for the note of the weekRegister for the Parenting Values Workshop Connect with me!Website| Instagram| Twitter| EmailThe Value-Based Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values and who would love a space where they can explore the values they bring to parenting.The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link.REGISTER HEREThe Value-Based Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values and who would love a space where they can explore the values they bring to parenting.The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link.REGISTER HERE
Mar 8 2022
42 mins
It's Happening! The Value Based Parenting Masterclass.
REGISTER HEREHow do I navigate tough parenting situations in a way that looks and feels good to me?How do I become the parent I've always dreamed of being?How do I create healthy rules and guidelines for my children?I'll be answering these questions and more in the Parent Goals: 5 Keys to Value-Based Parenting Masterclass!Value Based Parenting is an effective tool in helping parents and caregivers manage the challenges that arise in parenting.And parents who choose to parent based on their values find that they are more successful in building and maintaining authentic relationships with their children.Who is this Masterclass for?This Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values. This Masterclass is also for parents and caregivers who would love a space where they can think about and explore the values they bring to parenting.What will I learn in this Masterclass?You’ll leave with:Techniques to identify your personal valuesTechniques to identify your parenting valuesTips on how to communicate your values to your familyWays to be consistent and maintain your valuesREGISTER HEREWhat does the cost include?When you purchase a ticket you will have exclusive access to the Live Masterclass and complementary worksheets to accompany the live material.Where will class take place?The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST.After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link 24 hours before class starts.The Value-Based Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values and who would love a space where they can explore the values they bring to parenting.The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link.REGISTER HEREThe Value-Based Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values and who would love a space where they can explore the values they bring to parenting.The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link.REGISTER HERE
Mar 4 2022
5 mins
How Parenting Impacts Your Mental Health
Many adults deal with mental health concerns, leading to challenging relationships with their children. Challenges occur due to the day-to-day issues parents encounter caring for their children's physical and emotional needs while also handling their mental health.Couple these challenges with stress from work and societal unrest, and it's easy to see why many parents report feelings of anxiety.In this podcast episode, we explore how Parenting impacts the mental health of adults and caregivers. We also offer tips for maintaining positive relationships with your children while caring for your mental health needs. Episode Highlights: [00:06:10] Note of the week, How to enjoy the often exhausting, depressing role of parenthood [00:08:44] Parenting is filled with an intense array of emotions - Listen as I share how to identify these feelings and tools for managing the stress of being a parent and caregiver. [00:20:32] It's uncomfortable for adults to admit disappointment when they've held onto expectations for their children that don't come to fruition - Here, I share strategies to help adults cope with these feelings while learning to celebrate their child's uniqueness.[00:23:23] Are your expectations the cause of distress or anxiety for your children. Adopting a parenting style that supports open communication may be what your child needs to feel understood and supported, but where do you start - I'll share a few strategies you can use here. [00:26:08] Identifying your parenting values and using them to guide you in times of disappointment, stress, grief, and happiness are critical to supporting your mental health as a parent and caregiver. Join me as I share why. [00:30:29] Interested in joining the upcoming parenting values workshop on March 28th? The details are included here. Mentioned In This Episode: Article by Alice G. Walton How to Enjoy the Often Exhausting, Depressing Role of ParenthoodRegister for the Parenting Values Workshop Connect with me!Website| Instagram| Twitter| EmailThe Value-Based Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values and who would love a space where they can explore the values they bring to parenting.The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link.REGISTER HERE
Mar 1 2022
38 mins
Breaking the Stigma! Let’s talk about the mental health of Black Children and Adolescents
Welcome to the final episode of our Black History 2022 wellness series.When I heard the news concerning the suicide of Cheslie Kryst, attorney, television correspondent, and former Miss USA, I was left speechless like many of you. Suicide rates amongst people of color look are skyrocketing. And for every story that makes national headlines, ten more don't. I understand that many of my listeners are parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles dealing with children, adolescents, and young adults living with mental health concerns.In this final episode, I want to discuss the stigma surrounding mental health in the black community. Together, we will examine the cultural attitudes that keep the stigma in place and have an honest conversation about creating real change starting in our own families and the children around us. [00:10:36]What is Mental Health Stigma, and how does it show up in the black community?  [00:12:12]How can parents and caregivers address mental health stigmas around children. [00:18:59] Acknowledging the harassment, bullying, and abuse around black children and adolescents with mental disorders and how we can protect our most vulnerable members of society. [00:23:36] Addressing the black communities' mistrust of mental health care and treatments and advancements in practice.[00:24:18] The trouble with dismissive language and improperly labeling those who struggle as "crazy" - is one of the ways we promote hiding and prevent individuals from seeking help - Listen as I share the importance of handling those we love with respect.   [00:25:18] The impact of religious coping and other mechanisms used in the black community leads to missed opportunities to get help - here is how we can change that.[00:30:09] Creating communities of mental health professionals starts here. [00:31:49] Getting community buy-in to support your children [00:34:20] Breaking generational curses by sharing information and creating safe spaces to have conversations. Resources: Recommended Black History Month Reading List for Children:  Connect with Dr. Tasha Brown:Website- https://www.drtashabrown.com/ Email Address- Dr.tashabrown7@gmail.com Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/dr.tashabrown/ Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/dr.tashabrown7 Twitter- https://twitter.com/drtashabThe Value-Based Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values and who would love a space where they can explore the values they bring to parenting.The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link.REGISTER HERE
Feb 22 2022
42 mins
Representation Matters! How Representation Can Improve Your Child's Mental Health
Welcome back to part 3 of this 4-part Black History Month Series!Five years ago, 3-year old Sophia from South Carolina went viral when she visited a Target with her mother and chose a doll made in the image of her favorite cartoon character -Doc McStuffins. The cashier questioned why Sophia, a 3-year old white child, would choose a black doll. Sophia's response was heard worldwide as she explained how she and Doc McStuffins were the same - including they were both doctors and both pretty.   The moral of the story is that representation and exposure matter for all children. While Sophia's story makes my heart sing as a doctor, I want us to do more to ensure that children of all genders and races see themselves represented in media and academics. In today's episode, I am focusing on why representation matters for black children and the ways that adults and the community at large can advocate for representation. [00:02:15] Listen as I recap our 4- Part Black History Series and updates about future episodes[00:06:46] The article of the week: The 1940's Doll Test The Study of The Psychological Effects of Segregation and how it relates to representation. [00:10:06] What is representation - and how adults can use it to impact their child(rens) mental health positively.  [00:11:49] Research-based information on how representation impacts children's mental health -such as identity development and more. [00:18:07] Discovering how diversity and exposure encourages empathy and compassion for other races and cultures[00:20:47] What can we do to make sure that there's diversity in a child or adolescence? Mindful strategies for parents and caregivers[00:30:31] Helping to instill pride and a positive self-image.  The Value-Based Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values and who would love a space where they can explore the values they bring to parenting.The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link.REGISTER HERE
Feb 15 2022
35 mins
How to have conversations about race, racism, and social justice with your children
Welcome to the second installment of this 4-Part series: In last week's episode, we discussed: How Knowing Their History Can Improve Your Child's Mental Health.In this week's installment, I am sharing a framework that parents and caregivers can use to begin discussing race, racism, and social justice with children and adolescents. In this intimate conversation, we cover the following: How adults prepare mentally and emotionally for these difficult conversations.The key to having developmentally appropriate conversations with your children about race,  racism, and social justice. How families who do not identify as Black can advocate for social justice.  This episode aims to ensure that all children feel safe, seen, and heard.Feature episodes in this series include: Why representation is crucial for your child's mental healthThe importance of breaking the stigma around mental health for Black Children and Adolescents[00:01:20] Upcoming episodes on race and mental health[00:03:10] The note of the week and the fantastic resources on PBS.org[00:06:35] Children listen to what you say, but what they really focus on is your behavior. Listen as I share tips that adults can use to check their personal biases and prepare to have meaningful dialogue.  [00:07:21] Strategies to navigate and process your emotions before engaging with your child(ren). [00:09:31] Techniques for age-appropriate conversations and [00:11:51] Modeling authenticity and several conversation openers that you can use to initiate the discussion [00:13:44]The importance of validating your child's emotional response. [00:17:38] Why authenticity matters[00:18:19] How can non-black families talk about race, equal treatment, anti-racist behavior? Here I discuss the importance of teaching children about the complexities of people to promote equal treatment. [00:25:48] Using the resources provided in the show notes and ways that children and families can get involved Resources: PBS ArticleRecommended Black History Month Reading List for Children:  Connect with Dr. Tasha Brown:Website- https://www.drtashabrown.com/ Email Address- Dr.tashabrown7@gmail.com Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/dr.tashabrown/ Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/dr.tashabrown7 The Value-Based Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values and who would love a space where they can explore the values they bring to parenting.The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link.REGISTER HERE
Feb 8 2022
33 mins
Black History Month 2022: How Knowing Their History Can Improve Your Child's Mental Health
Having conversations around race and mental health is hard for parents and caregivers. Yet, parents and caregivers are the most equipped to create spaces for healthy dialogue—today, children have access to news, commentary, and social media but lack the context that history provides. In addition to understanding the world we live in, exposing children to Black History is also an opportunity to celebrate and promote a positive self-image. This month I am celebrating Black History Month with my first series. For February, we will discuss Black History and Mental Health. We're kicking this series off with today's episode titled: Why Knowing Their History Can Improve Your Child's Mental Health. In this episode, I discuss three ways that understanding mental health can improve your child's mental health. Future episodes in this series include: How to talk to your children about race and racism. Why representation is crucial for your child's mental health The importance of breaking the stigma around mental health for Black Children and Adolescents.[00:05:05] The note of the week, 2022's Black History Month Theme.[00:09:09] The significance of this year's theme and how we use it to support children's mental health in the wake of recent events. [00:11:15] Our adolescent children benefit significantly from understanding their history as this is a critical time in Identity Development. Here I discuss ways parents and caregivers can use history to help their children process the world around them. [00:14:30] Research supports that children with a healthy sense of identity take pride in their culture. Learn how to use Black History and your family history to improve self-esteem and promote a positive self-image.  [00:15:48] The stress of racial uprisings, protests, and disturbing videos are emotionally triggering. As adults, we have the context to help us process our emotions through understanding history. Unfortunately, our children don't. Here I discuss how discussions about history can support your child's mental health and foster understanding and empathy. [00:17:59] Resources for parents and caregivers that foster communication[00:21:11] Discussions about history improve family connection and create moments for family connection. Join me as I share tips for creating memories through historical events. [00:29:00] Why Black History Month and an understanding of race and racism is a conversation for everyone.Don't forget to Listen, Share, Comment, and Rate. These small actions support this podcast and raise awareness about Childhood Mental Health.Book Resources: https://drtashabrown.ck.page/7fb2c2baf2Note of the Week- https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-monthWebsite- https://www.drtashabrown.com/ Email Address- Dr.tashabrown7@gmail.com Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/dr.tashabrown/ Facebook- The Value-Based Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values and who would love a space where they can explore the values they bring to parenting.The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link.REGISTER HERE
Feb 1 2022
35 mins
Why Children LOVE Routine – Even when they seem hard!
Structure is a huge part of our everyday lives; as humans, we crave systems in the form of routines. Routines ease anxiety, reduce confusion, and make us feel confident and safe. Routines are equally important for children and families. In previous episodes, we discussed the importance of creating safe spaces for discussions and establishing parenting values to guide decisions. Today, we're taking the conversation further by exploring how routines can:Support your parenting valuesBuild closer bonds and reduce stressCreate space for children to learn organizational skills Help you children feel safe and secure By the end of this episode, you will have a deeper understanding of how to create and support the routines in your home based on your family's values. Episode Highlights: [00:02:18] Children love routines - even when they pretend they don't[00:02:38] How parenting values -which we discussed on last week's episode- and routines work together[00:03:19] How routines support the family unit through structure and much more![00:03:54] The article of the week, Routines for families: How And Why They Work[00:06:16] Routines are about creating peace and reducing stress, but they can also build deeper familial relationships[00:08:50] Establishing routines that support your parenting values can help you reduce stress as a parent/caregiver while introducing your child(ren) to important life skills[00:11:11] The importance of allowing your child to have a voice in the creation process and a few real-world examples[00:11:21] How to get buy-in from school-age children and adolescents and tips for balancing the needs of multiple children[00:16:19] Reviewing the schedule regularly for better communication between caregivers and minors[00:22:31] Why being flexible will lead to better results and tips for handling changes in the routinesResources: Website- https://www.drtashabrown.com/ Email Address- Dr.tashabrown7@gmail.com Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/dr.tashabrown/ Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/dr.tashabrown7 Note of the week - Family Routines: How and Why They WorkFree download that will get you started thinking more about your parenting values https://drtashabrown.ck.page/307eace068⠀⠀ The Value-Based Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values and who would love a space where they can explore the values they bring to parenting.The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link.REGISTER HERE
Jan 25 2022
28 mins
Who Makes The Parenting Rules?
What makes someone a good parent or caregiver? Is it rules and boundaries? Is it an environment with little structure and lots of self-exploration? Everyone from teachers to doctors have opinions on raising how to best raise children. While they may want the best for children, I want parents/caregivers to know that they are the ones who make the rules that guide their parenting!There is no official rule book regarding parenting, despite the vast amount of writing and research out there. I've had the good fortune of working with parents and caregivers who strive each day to support their children's physical, emotional, and mental well-being. I want those parents to know they are the best advocates for their children. In this episode, I share the importance of establishing your parenting values to help guide your decision-making as a parent.   By the end of this episode, you will know: how media and your upbringing influence your parenting values, what parenting values are, and why they are crucial to your parenting. You will leave with the first few things you will need to start identifying your parenting values. Episode Highlights: [00:01:57] Can you help me spread the word by sharing this podcast with someone in your network? Here's how we can grow together[00:05:20] Why is value-based parenting an effective tool for parents and caregivers? I share my thoughts here. [00:06:12] The note of the week, A Clinical Antidote[00:10:44]Personal values vs. Parenting values- Tune in to learn the difference between the two[00:17:11] Defining your why as a parent - determining your parenting values is an essential first step in emotional development and much more. [00] How media, society, and cultural norms influence our beliefs about parenting and the benefits of examining these norms. [00:21:57] Acknowledging the needs of the parents and family unit when determining values. [00:29:04] What do parents and caregivers who use value-based parenting say about the outcome? Tune in as I share research and my observations. Resources: Free download that will get you started thinking more about your parenting values https://drtashabrown.ck.page/307eace068⠀⠀ Parenting note- https://www.instagram.com/p/CQdWZJyAmOV/ Website- https://www.drtashabrown.com/ Email Address- Dr.tashabrown7@gmail.com Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/dr.tashabrown/ Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/dr.tashabrown7The Value-Based Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values and who would love a space where they can explore the values they bring to parenting.The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link.REGISTER HERE
Jan 18 2022
36 mins
Teaching Your Children How To Express Their Emotions
As a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in children's mental health, I get a lot of questions from caregivers about ways to support their child's Emotional Development. In this episode, I share a few suggestions and resources to help you identify opportunities to support and encourage your child's emotional development.   Learning how to talk about emotions is a critical step in regulating emotions in children, adolescents, and young adults - alike.By the end of this episode, you will understand how to expand your child's emotional language and why being able to access a wide range of emotions is necessary. Lastly, we will cover how to help children cope with their feelings.   Join me for Episode Two of Notes From A Child Psychologist SHOW HIGHLIGHTS: [00:03:16] A quick tip concerning the rising COVID numbers and how to address changes to what's happening now.[00:05:32] Keys to supporting emotional language and how our upbringing affects our ability to model emotionally mature behavior. [00:06:37] The note of the week -How To Teach Your Kid About Emotions And Feelings - by Rossana Snee.[00:09:19] Insights on the broad spectrum of emotions that we are born with but don't have the language or tools to express. [00:11:11] Why I start most sessions with a feelings chart and some suggestions for parents and caregivers to lay the foundation for emotions.[00:14:27] The importance of allowing children to experience their feelings without adult intervention and the long-term benefits of understanding the full spectrum of your emotions. [00:19:49]How to teach and model emotional labeling and why this is the first step in self-regulation. [00:25:36] Guidance on validating emotions at every stage of development - and a few tips for dealing with adolescents [00:28:44] 3 strategies for developing emotional coping skills and regulating behavior. [00:31:15] Episode recap and final thoughtsResources Mentioned In This Episode:Article: How To Teach Your Kid About Emotions And Feelings- https://www.lifehack.org/894724/emotions-for-kidsWebsite- https://www.drtashabrown.com/ Email Address- Dr.tashabrown7@gmail.com Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/dr.tashabrown/ Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/dr.tashabrown7The Value-Based Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values and who would love a space where they can explore the values they bring to parenting.The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link 24 hours before class starts.REGISTER HERE- https://drtashabrown.ck.page/products/maserclass
Jan 11 2022
36 mins
State of Emergency in Child Mental Health
All across the United States, children are suffering from mental health concerns about their safety in schools to social anxiety - "Mental health challenges have exacerbated in the last two years, and this trend was on the rise before the pandemic." Now declared as a National State of Emergency, I want to dedicate my first episode to sharing three ways parents and caregivers can support children during this time. This episode is essential because one meaningful conversation with your child can make a world a difference as they navigate today's world. This podcast is a place parents and caregivers can access tools, tips, and resources for improving their children's mental health. By the end of this episode, you will clearly understand how to engage with your child, listen with intention, and create safe places for them to explore and share their feelings.Episode Highlights: [00:14:30] How parents and caregivers can model good communication skills and several ways you can set up a safe space for discussion[00:18:36] Why quality matters more than quantity and the importance of your undivided attention[00:20:15] How to identify and take action by noticing the subtle way children communicate [00:22:24] The right way to probe and the creating a 2-way dialogue with your child[00:25:01] Disrespect, disruptive behavior, and other cries for help[00:26:42] Validate your child's emotional response to things[00:30:50] RecapResources: Link to note for the week- https://www.aap.org/en/advocacy/child-and-adolescent-healthy-mental-development/aap-aacap-cha-declaration-of-a-national-emergency-in-child-and-adolescent-mental-health/ Website- https://www.drtashabrown.com/ Email Adress- Dr.tashabrown7@gmail.com Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/dr.tashabrown/ Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/dr.tashabrown7The Value-Based Masterclass is for parents and caregivers who need guidance to identify their Parenting Values and who would love a space where they can explore the values they bring to parenting.The Masterclass will take place Live via Zoom on Monday, March 28th at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive a Zoom link.REGISTER HERE
Jan 4 2022
35 mins
Notes From A Child Psychologist - Official Trailer