Life Lessons on Good Enough Mother

From a recent interview on Renee, if you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be? At 16, I was tough on the outside, but riding an emotional tidal wave on the inside. I never learned to cope with adversity – not properly, at least. I … Read more

Believing You Can Grow Helps You Grow

Originally published by Renee Jain on There are few children’s stories more thrilling for the fairyphile than J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Despite fairy-dusted flights, hair-raising adventures, and swashbuckling brawls, the Pan moment that most stuck with me through the years was a quieter one: just after Hook attempted to poison a sleeping Peter. To stop him … Read more

Worry and your child: What you need to know

One in five children will suffer from depression before their 18th birthday. Suicide rates are unacceptably high amongst our youth today, the saddest part being the motives behind these suicides, and the reasons that drive these severe onsets of depression. Anxiety is not a ‘small issue.’ If your child is an excessive worrier, suffering from … Read more

Four Ways to Topple Your Negativity Bias

Originally published by Renee Jain on Negative events are sticky. In seventh grade, a classmate with whom I’d had very little interaction, Scott, walked up to my locker and offered me some unsolicited counsel. “If you ever want to get married,” he spewed, “I would get rid of those Coke-bottle glasses and seriously consider some braces. Otherwise, no … Read more

Teaching Students the ABCs of Resilience

Originally published by Renee Jain on From natural disasters to economic meltdowns, from wars abroad to tragic shootings close to home, this year brought to light the increasing complexity of the world in which we raise kids. Our natural instinct as teachers, parents and caretakers is to protect children from hardship, yet we know … Read more