A loving relationship can be an oasis in uncertain times, but nurturing it requires attention, honesty, openness, vulnerability, and gratitude.
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How to bolster emotional wellness and build better relationships
Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D.
Parental burnout may be widespread during the pandemic, but it has the potential to seriously harm kids' development. Here's what helps.
Screen time can be a drag and even make kids depressed. Parents can bring joy to their days through breaks (boosts) like these.
Pre- and postpartum women stopped exercising during the pandemic, but this powerful practice has a strong association with decreased anxiety and depression.
Has your anxiety spiked during the pandemic? These evidence-based tools can help.
When kids don't get enough sleep, it can be harder for them to manage their emotions.
Research has illustrated clear steps toward family happiness. Here are some we can take during COVID-19 restrictions.
Ever notice the mood among family members turning angry, anxious, conflictual, or stressed? Science suggests there's a surprisingly simple way to help shift it.
These evidence-based steps prevent couples from experiencing detrimental conflicts, taking their difficult feelings out on each other, or drifting apart during the pandemic.
During the coronavirus pandemic, we may feel angry while grieving. We need to be mindful of when we direct it at people or situations with a force that may not be warranted.
We’re all stressed and sad due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some ways the evidence-based strategy of "behavioral activation" can prevent us from becoming depressed.
Facilitating specific activities to "boost" of each of the feel-good chemicals can help you and your family can stay well during this difficult time.
Kids' sadness about COVID-19 may not look like sadness and may even be mistaken for "naughtiness." Children's sadness is often covered by anger, numbness, or resistance.
We know from research how important it is to bond with young children, but what should we be doing every day to achieve this?
Have you ever been at a loss as to what to say to a terminally ill relative? This strategy can actually help.
Is your spouse grieving? Try these 7 science-backed steps to intentionally show your support.
Just a few focused minutes of journaling can help you see things in a new way, attend to your deeper feelings, connect with loved ones, and savor your life.
Science suggests that sending your teen these four types of text messages is one way to boost your bond and establish lasting positive communication patterns.
Brain research suggests that telling anxious kids to "calm down," "stop crying," or "buck up" just doesn't work. However, these surprising strategies do.
Feeling stressed? These creative shortcuts help parents stay mindful, happy, present, grateful, and positive without taking more time out of their packed days.
Acknowledging your kids' positive behaviors spreads joy, creates warmth, reinforces positive behaviors, and models sweetness.
Science suggests that family routines calm stress and promote bonding. Adding rituals, or “the sweetness, fun, or warmth that accompany routines” makes them even better.
While it's easy to react to whining, deemed "the most annoying sound in the world," with frustration or anger, research provides insight into some of the most effective responses.
The more you clear space and work toward closure, the more you make space for all the good waiting for you around the corner of the new year.
Car rides can be great opportunities to engage with toddlers and young kids. They can help strengthen a playful bond and grow their vocabulary and skills.
Many parents are exhausted and overworked. These ideas offer ways to engage in self-care, renew your energy, tune into feelings, and strengthen relationships in 10 minutes or less.
By consciously pursuing two-minute actions that bond, repair, or boost a relationship, couples can help prevent a "silent drift apart after baby."
Understanding that many kid behaviors that appear to be naughty are normal responses to conditions, stressors, or developmental phases helps parents address them with compassion.
Research suggests the benefits of friendship come from your 5 closest friends (not your 150 acquaintances). Here are 9 gestures that nurture close friendships.
Walks are a perfect way to help children learn concepts and have memorable experiences related to science, language, math, senses, nature, joy, and the community.
Setting specific, clear intentions can help parents create rich, meaningful relationships with kids and partners. Here are 3 creative ways to apply intention to family life.
Erin Leyba, L.C.S.W., Ph.D., is the author of Joy Fixes for Weary Parents; specializes in relationships, anxiety, grief and loss; and speaks to parent groups about mindful, joyful parenting.