In this episode of the TiLT Parenting Podcast, I sit down with author, speaker, and licensed mental health counselor Janine Halloran for a conversation about coping skills for kids. Janine is the author of the Coping Skills for Kids Workbook, the new Coping Skills for Teens Workbook, and is also the host of the Calm & Connected Podcast—all amazing resources which I encourage you to check out.
As a counselor working primarily with children and adolescents for the last 15 years, Janine knows the value of learning healthy coping skills early in life and that children who are able to cope with big emotions in healthy ways will be more resilient and manage stress better as adults. And she also knows how “real” it can get when it comes to teaching kids to deal with emotions, and that theory and practice sometimes feel worlds apart. Hence, her coping skills workbooks (not to mention even more free resources on her website).
In our conversation, Janine walks us through the different types of coping skills, how to identify them, and gives us her best practices for supporting our kids (and teens) in tapping into their coping powers.
About Janine: Janine Halloran is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been working with children, teens, and their families for 20 years. She has been helping children and teens build their coping skills throughout her career in a variety of settings, including schools, mental health clinics and in her private practice. She is the author of the Best Selling Coping Skills for Kids Workbook, and the host of the Calm & Connected podcast. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Huffington Post, and The Skimm® Newsletter. Janine lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children.
THINGS YOU’LL LEARN FROM THIS EPISODE:
- What is a coping skill
- In what ways can coping skills be productive or unproductive
- How and why Janine groups coping skills into categories
- How to determine which coping skills will work best for your child
- How coping skills differ by age range (Preschool, Elementary, Middle/High)
- Where should parents begin exploring coping skills with their children?
- Tips for talking to kids who might be resistant to the idea of coping skills
- All about Janine’s Coping Skills Workbooks
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