Author: James Korth, Special to

5 ways parents can encourage kids to #BeYou

"Just be yourself," is something you might say to yourself when preparing to meet new people or sit down for a job interview. We might also say it to our children as they grapple with fitting into social circles.

It's a mistake to tell kids to ignore bullies

How parents can support kids suffering bullying

Bullying is often talked about, but sometimes misunderstood. It's defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. It is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated. Bullying can have long-lasting impacts on a child's health. Kids who bully others are more likely to engage in violent or risky behaviors later in life. Their victims often take a different route. 

Imperfection is normal: How to help your kids with body image

It's important for children to understand that how they present themselves can have an effect on how people respond to them. But, put simply, too many kids and adults are taking that notion too far. Their concerns about body image are impacting things like appetite, behavior, and self-esteem. And it's happening at early ages.

Parents should strive to be active listeners with kids

Does it ever feel like your mood can fluctuate based on your child's ups and downs? If so, that's perfectly normal. It can cause some caregivers to try to "fix" things themselves. But you shouldn't carry that burden. Instead, strive to become an active listener because it could end up helping both of you.

How to have meaningful conversations with your kids

Talking to children about their feelings is much easier said than done. Even the most loving parents can struggle to communicate and connect with their kids. But regular conversations about mental health should be something every family strives for. Here are three tips to help you out from SSM Health therapist Britt Coolman.

Raising resilient kids

Being a kid is no cakewalk. You may sometimes wish to go back to your childhood for a "carefree" lifestyle, but stress is relative. While you may worry about parenting and job duties, kids are stressing about things like friends and bullies. That's why it's so important to build resilience, so kids can use the skill now and for the rest of their lives.