18 episodes

Join Todd Krieger, Senior Planning Director at the Jewish Federation, as he and guests explore the reasons for youth mental illness and provide tools for young people and their families struggling to achieve mental wellness.

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Join Todd Krieger, Senior Planning Director at the Jewish Federation, as he and guests explore the reasons for youth mental illness and provide tools for young people and their families struggling to achieve mental wellness.

    Parents, Pandemic and Safe Social Media

    Parents, Pandemic and Safe Social Media

    Especially during a time like this, it’s so important for kids and teens to connect with their friends and family. Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s Senior Director of Planning Todd Krieger discusses safe ways for kids to engage online with Julie Fisher, M.Ed. For young kids, Julie recommends arranging secure ways for kids to connect through Zoom and FaceTime. For tweens and teens, it’s important that parents set expectations and invite open communication for their children’s social media use. Parents must work with their kids to find a healthy balance between restricting screen time and social media overuse. Thank you to the Alfred and Bernice Deutsch Millenium Fund for their generous support of this podcast.

    • 9 min
    Parents and the Pandemic

    Parents and the Pandemic

    Todd Krieger is again joined by Julie Fisher, M.Ed. to advise parents on how to help children and teens make sense of the pandemic and the changes in their lives. Giving kids support and sharing hope during this time is crucial. Parents should also consider adjusting expectations for their children’s behavior, screen time, and academic performance. Thank you to the Alfred and Bernice Deutsch Millenium Fund for their generous support of this podcast.

    • 16 min
    Kids and the Pandemic

    Kids and the Pandemic

    In this episode, Todd Krieger, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s Senior Director of Planning, and Julie Fisher, M.Ed., author of The Resiliency Puzzle, discuss how to support children with managing their stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Julie suggests tools to promote resiliency in kids such as maintaining routines and practicing mindfulness and gratitude. Thank you to the Alfred and Bernice Deutsch Millennium Fund for their generous support of this podcast.

    • 12 min
    Establishing a Growth Mindset

    Establishing a Growth Mindset

    In this podcast, Todd and Julie Fisher discuss the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset and why nurturing a growth mindset leads to improved emotional and mental wellness. According to psychologist, Carol Dweck, when people believe that failure isn’t a barometer of innate characteristics but rather look at it as a step to success, they are more likely to put in the effort that will eventually lead to that success. A recent Education Week Research Center survey of teachers found that 90% believe that adopting and nurturing a growth mindset in kids leads to positive outcomes in both academics and social skills for kids. Todd and Julie discuss what a growth mindset looks like and how parents can role model a growth mindset themselves to help their kids develop a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset.

    • 15 min
    The Connection Between Competency and Mental Well Being

    The Connection Between Competency and Mental Well Being

    In this podcast, Todd and Julie Fisher discuss how feeling competent and capable affects kids’ mental well-being. When parents are quick to step in to “help”, they rob kids of the experience to fail or make mistakes. While it’s often easier and faster to instruct them what to do or how to do it, what parents are really doing is robbing children of the opportunity to learn that they, themselves, can solve their problems. When parents don’t allow kids those crucial learning opportunities, what they are often saying (without actually saying the words) is “I don’t trust you to do it right”. Todd and Julie discuss how parents’ actions and reactions affect kids’ feelings about competence as well as ways for parents to step back and allow their kids to learn that they can become competent when they persevere.

    • 13 min
    The Language of Emotions and Coping

    The Language of Emotions and Coping

    In this podcast, Todd and Julie Fisher discuss problems young people are having with coping skills, particularly in the area of appropriate emotional responses to uncomfortable stimuli or situations. Young people seem to have trouble coping, and many fall apart when things don’t go their way. “[Parents] are enabling children to an extent to which they are almost helpless,” says clinical psychologist, Dr. Ellen Littman. Todd and Julie discuss why this trend seems to be increasing including: parental fears, the influence of technology, increased academic pressure, and fewer opportunities to experience failure, as well as how parents can help their kids learn to express themselves and their emotions in a way that is age-appropriate and helpful both to the child and to everyone they interact with.

    • 11 min

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