Time for Kids

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.

News 3, SSM Health to take Time To Talk about #SurvivingStress during live event

Transitioning back from spring break and heading toward the end of the school year can be a tough time for students.  Perhaps there are big tests to prepare for or college decisions to make.  Whatever the case may be for your family, News 3 and our partners at SSM Heath want to help with a special #SurvivingStress live event.

Helping children manage anxiety

Parents often feel the "push-pull" of wanting their children to be comfortable and happy, yet ready for life as independent adults. At times you may feel like you want to try to eliminate their anxiety. But frankly, it is part of life and something everyone experiences. That underscores the importance of trying to manage anxiety, rather than trying to get rid of it. 

Coping with your child's ups and downs

As a parent, you've seen your child get sad, down or irritated. It's normal. But it's not always easy to respond to. You might not know what to say or when to say it. But don't give up -- there are things you can do to help your child's mental health and well-being.

Signs your child is struggling to cope after a tragedy

The recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida brings out many emotions in people of all ages. Children especially may not know how to deal with the sadness, helplessness, anxiety or anger. As a result, they may turn to parents or trusted adults for help and guidance.

Time for Kids: How to meet your child's mental wellness needs

If someone were to ask you what your child's basic needs are, how would you respond? There's no doubt many parents would identify things such as food, shelter and sleep. But mental health can be just as important as physical health, meaning everyone has emotional needs, even though they are usually less obvious.