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Extra Support, Right When You (and Your Kids) Really Need It.

About six months ago, your family went through a major change. Maybe you moved, you and your partner separated, a close family member died, or someone was diagnosed with a major illness. Or maybe your kids never seemed to rebound from the pandemic in the first place.

You knew you had to talk to your kids about what was happening, and you dreaded having the conversation. You googled “how to talk to kids about XYZ” and got a guide online with scripts for free. You sat down with your kids and told them, in an age-appropriate way, what was going on. At the time, it seemed to go as well as you could expect. You could tell they were upset, but it seemed to pass after a few weeks.

But a few months ago, you started to notice that they weren’t acting like they usually do, and you started thinking they might need some extra support. 

Girl fills in body mapping exercise to learn where emotions are felt in the body

How do you know your kids need extra support?

► They go back and forth between being super clingy and being super explosive. 

► They don’t want to sleep alone, dread school, refuse to leave the house, and might cry or repeatedly express sadness. 

► They explode over seemingly little things, become easily frustrated, and get super rigid about changing plans.

► They aren't paying attention at school, won’t follow directions, seem distracted, or argue with other students and the teacher.

► Something just seems off, but you aren't sure what it is or where to begin. 

... especially if you recently went through a big change (like divorce, moving, a major illness in the family, or the death of a loved one) within the last year or two.

If that list gave you a sinking feeling, you're not alone.

Maybe you've talked to their teacher and school counselor, and both say their change in behavior is probably because of what happened six months ago. 

So you went back to Google.

You started researching things like “therapy for kids,” and maybe you even tried it — but you’re not sure how it could possibly help to play with a sandbox for an hour and not talk about the actual issue at hand. (More on that later.)

You bought a couple of books about expressing emotions and downloaded a template on Pinterest to help kids with coping skills, but your kid thinks deep breathing is stupid and won't help, and they won’t even try it. 

And if we’re being honest, you’re totally overwhelmed yourself. After all, this big change happened to you, too, and the pressure of your kid melting down every five seconds is making it even worse. 

You feel like you’re barely hanging on by a thread, and there’s too much information out there. It's hard to tell what will actually help, and you still have to keep your job, fold laundry and attempt to stay on top of a seemingly never-ending to do list.

Here's the Thing: Getting Through Hard Things is a Process.

And for kids, who developmentally can’t understand things the way adults can, it’s a confusing process. 

They need to process changes in a way that makes sense and feels safe.

They need things explained a certain way, over and over.

They need to understand their huge emotional experiences — and learn to manage them.

They need to feel a sense of love and belonging, and know that they can handle hard stuff — especially with you by their side.

All you see is their behavior, which is communicating a big internal struggle.

You know something’s wrong, but it’s hard to know where to start. Like trying to communicate with someone who speaks another language, parents don’t quite know how to speak the language that will allow their kids to convey their internal experience. 

The truth is, there's value in the 150 pack of downloadable coping skills, the "time in" corner, and the huge array of "emotions" stuffed animals out there — but not if you don't have the bandwidth to try 150 coping skills, arrange a special corner, and communicate with a stuffed animal. And I'm guessing you don't. (Very few parents do.)

Rather than trying to piecemeal all of these different ideas into something that works, it would be great to have an easy-to-follow plan that takes all of the guesswork out of helping our kids.

At Mighty + Bright, we know what it's like to be in survival mode, and we've pared it down to the totally do-able essentials in our Raising Resilience program.

We make it easy to master five themes that your kids need to be better equipped for any and all life transitions: both current transitions — such as a recent move that shook their routine and sense of safety — and big changes in their future, like starting middle school or their first heartbreak.

Create rapid understanding of vital skills with expert-designed classes + tools.

Reclusive or Needy to Nourished: Growing Connection and Helping Kids Communicate Needs 

When kids are coping with tough stuff, you may find that they're...

... super clingy, wanting constant attention. Their cup is never full.

... isolating themselves, distracted, or moody.

... arguing or fighting with you or their siblings.

... acting stressed and anxious, but unwilling to share (or if they do, you don't know what to do about it).

All because they can't communicate and are lacking a feeling of connection with you.

And you ending the every night thinking, ”I just can't give anymore. Nothing is ever enough." Feeling chronically overwhelmed, exhausted, on the verge of tears, and totally helpless. 

If this continues...

▪︎ Your kid feels more and more isolated and separated from you.

▪︎ They don't develop the skills to communicate how they’re feeling, so they can't process what's happened and it turns into emotional trauma.

▪︎ If left unchecked, it can turn into depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues that can have disastrous results (think no will to live, suicidal ideation). 

We love our kids, and we want to help them before it gets that serious. We just need a little help getting through to them and creating a strong parent-child relationship.

In Months 1 and 3, we'll help your kids feel comfortable coming to you when they're upset, need help, or have messed up. 

We do this by strengthening the parent-child relationship through open conversations and one-on-one time, and providing kids with the emotional space to eventually open up. This is the groundwork we must lay to build more trust and understanding.

With this combination of class + physical tools you will:

▪︎ involve kids in ongoing conversations that foster a deeper connection;create a supportive network of trusted individuals (Who is a safe grown-up to talk to and why?); 

▪︎ strengthen the relationship between caregiver and child by establishing ongoing Special Time that the child can rely on;

▪︎ have tangible tools to fall back on when things get hardcreate a common language for approaching hard things;

▪︎ have the confidence that you, as a parent, can help guide them through hard stuffeven thoughyou weren’t taught this stuff as a kid.

We'll help you create a sense of safety and connection with your kids, so they'll feel safe coming to you with big and little things. If you're having issues with your child, these skills are the first to build. 

Meltdowns and Confusing Emotions: Understanding and Using the Nervous System to Calm Down

When kids are coping with tough stuff, you may find that they're...

... melting down when they don't get their way or when something goes wrong.

... unable to express or talk about their feelings.

... getting quiet and isolating.

... having trouble with friendships because they're explosive. 

And you're left wondering, "aren't they too old for this? Is this just a phase that will get better, or is something bigger going on here? Do they need a therapist?"

Maybe you've tried a calm-down corner or downloading free “coping skills” and getting 215 ideas and no idea where to start. 

When they're going through something tough, it's absolutely vital for kids to be able to  name and understand their emotions. In months 4 and 5, we'll help you teach your kids to name their emotions and find where they live in the body, which is key for learning to manage them, then teach them how to begin to use coping skills. 

With this combination of class + physical tools you will:

▪︎ understand and address your child's inner fight/flight/freeze response;

▪︎ develop skills to manage emotional and physical responses;

▪︎ identify unhelpful reactions;

▪︎ increase the whole family's tolerance for stress;

▪︎ Have tangible tools to fall back on when things get hard;

▪︎ Create a common language for approaching hard things;

▪︎ have the confidence that you, as a parent, can help guide them through hard stuffeven though you weren’t taught this stuff as a kid.

We'll help you create a common language so that you and your kids can have healthy, productive conversations about emotions and their impact. By the end, you'll find that your child can name emotions, identify how they feel in the body, understand that emotions ebb and flow throughout the day, and understand why coping skills work (which means they're a lot more likely to actually use them!).

Exploding in Anger, Tattling, or Constant Requests for Help: Empowering Kids Recognize Their Rising Temper and Solve Problems Big & Small

When kids are coping with tough stuff, you may find that they're...

... not finding healthy solutions to problems

... easily overwhelmed which leads them to do nothing

... allowing one disappointment to ruin the entire day

... unable to avoid a total meltdown

.... either super reactive or avoiding problems entirely

And you're left feeling totally frustrated, because it seems like the littlest things set them off. The constant bickering is driving you insane, and you know they have to learn to solve their own problems, because life is just one problem to solve after another. But they will not listen!

Teaching kids to deal with overwhelm and creatively problem-solve is no easy feat. Learning how to analyze situations, generate solutions, and set goals requires practice and simple strategies, which we'll give you in months 6 and 9.

With this combination of class + physical tools you will:

▪︎ teach kids that they have power in every situation, to either let it be terrible, or to make a plan B;

▪︎ help them address unhelpful thoughts that keep them stuck;

▪︎ give them in-the-moment strategies to work through timely issues;show them how to work through feelings of overwhelm to find a solution to bigger problems;

▪︎ Have tangible tools to fall back on when things get hard;

▪︎ Create a common language for approaching hard things;have the confidence that you, as a parent, can help guide them through hard stuffeven though you weren’t taught this stuff as a kid.

By the end of this class, kids should be able to work through unhelpful thoughts and reframe situations to be more solution-oriented. They'll be able to manage feelings of overwhelm, identify which problem is the biggest, and work on a plan to solve it. They will also recognize when their thoughts may be getting twisted, and take a step back before it causes and emotional explosion.

Bolster Self-Confidence and a Sense of Belonging: Fostering a Sense of Love and Belonging and Ending Negative Self Talk

When kids are coping with tough stuff, you may find that they're...

... drowning in negative self-talk

... easily discouraged

... don't attempt to solve problems or stand up for themselves

... feel like an outsider or like they don't belong anywhere

Hearing your kids say things like, "I'm so stupid!" or "nobody likes me!" is heartbreaking. Positive self-talk is a coping skill that needs to be developed; in months 7 and 8, we will help your kids not only develop more positive self-talk, but will also solidify their confidence in their role in your family. This is a great way to build resilience when faced with any challenge, but will also help your kids feel better right away.

With this combination of class + physical tools you will:

▪︎ help kids shift into a solution-oriented mindset rather than getting down on themselves;

▪︎ remind them of how capable they are and the power they have in their own lives;

▪︎ Show them their role in the family puzzle and help them to recognize that their voice is heard in their family;

▪︎ Have tangible tools to fall back on when things get hard;

▪︎ Create a common language for approaching hard things;have the confidence that you, as a parent, can help guide them through hard stuffeven though you weren’t taught this stuff as a kid.

By the end of this class, kids will feel valued for their own unique contributions to your home. They'll be able to rely on power phrases to get through hard situations, training their brain to focus on existing strengths and developing more self-confidence with each "win."

Taking Care of Yourself: Helping Your Kid Become the Best Version of Themselves

When kids are coping with tough stuff, you may find that they're...

... chasing the good feelings that come from eating ALL the sugar

... allowing their room to become a mess until it's totally overwhelming

... avoiding outside time in favor of numbing activities like screen time

... forgetting what they're grateful for, only focusing on what's wrong

Wouldn't it be fabulous if our kids could learn the value of creating balance in their lives (and how to do it), rather than growing up overwhelmed, overcommitted, and addicted to the "hustle"? Months 10, 11, and 12, have both this long-term goal and the short-term benefit of creating a baseline of self-care that will support their mental health.

With this combination of class + physical tools you will:

▪︎ have a common language to discuss creating a balanced lifestyle;

▪︎ understand how to sustainably take care of themselves and their own spaces;

▪︎ Have tangible tools to fall back on when things get hard;

▪︎ Create a common language for approaching hard things;

▪︎ have the confidence that you, as a parent, can help guide them through hard stuffeven though you weren’t taught this stuff as a kid.

By the end of this class, kids will work on creating balance every day, including practicing gratitude and self-care rituals daily. Kids will understand their daily tasks and what it takes to reset their spaces at the end of each day, doing so in a sustainable way.

Mom holds Special Time Cards while young girl looks on

Break it Down into Individual Themes You Need Right Now:

Each masterclass includes two months of our year-long program, so you can get right to working on your child's most pressing issues.

Or, Subscribe to Our Monthly Program for Ongoing Support:

Month 1

Open Communication

Month 2

Everyday Structure

Month 3

Special Time

Month 4

Identifying Emotions

Month 5

Understanding Emotions

Month 6

Managing Emotions

Month 7

Kids' Empowerment

Month 8

Family Values + Culture

Month 9

Problem-Solving + Overwhelm

Month 10

Balance + Well-Being

Month 11

Your Environment

Month 12

Creating Healthy Habits

Mostly Digital

✔ Monthly 8-10 minute, easy-to-digest video masterclass for parents (and transcript), taught by Parent Coach Danielle Bettmann

✔ Printable Coloring Sheets + Activity pages for kids to do without your assistance, reinforcing what they've learned and providing a reminder of the benefits of using the skill

✔ Physical tool created just for this program (such as a card deck or book) that helps you teach the skill and use when future issues arise, mailed to you monthly

✔ PDF Quick Reference Guide to using the physical tool and implementing it in your household

✔ Answers to frequently asked questions about each skill (and the ability to submit your own, to be answered by our experts)

✔ Recommended additional resources if you want to take a deeper dive on the topic

✔ On-demand text support to deal with pushback from kids, questions about implementation, or concerns about whether you're "doing it right" (spoiler alert: you probably are!)

Mostly Mailed

✔ Monthly 8-10 minute, easy-to-digest video masterclass for parents (and transcript), taught by Parent Coach Danielle Bettmann

✔ Physical Coloring Sheets + Activity pages for kids to do without your assistance, reinforcing what they've learned and providing a reminder of the benefits of using the skill, mailed to you monthly

✔ Physical tool created just for this program (such as a card deck or book) that helps you teach the skill and use when future issues arise, mailed to you monthly

✔ Physical Quick Reference Guide to using the physical tool and implementing it in your household, mailed to you monthly

✔ Answers to frequently asked questions about each skill (and the ability to submit your own, to be answered by our experts)

✔ Recommended additional resources if you want to take a deeper dive on the topic

✔ On-demand text support to deal with pushback from kids, questions about implementation, or concerns about whether you're "doing it right" (spoiler alert: you probably are!)

Never Underestimate Your Influence as a Parent.

You've got them — and we've got you.

What's Included in Our Unique, Digital + Physical Classes

A short, 5-10 minute video lesson

Physical tools, mailed to your home, to help you implement the lessons

Easy-to-understand emails to reinforce the topic

Coloring pages and activity sheets for the kids

Live group calls and a supportive community of other parents just like you

Skills to use during good times + bad

A common language for handling current and future problems

A step-by-step approach to creating a positive foundation for mental health

Confidence in your ability to be the go-to person for your kids

Forever access to the digital parts of the program

Based on Decades of Solid Science.

Science has already figured out how to protect kids from mental health crises.

We've taken that research and used it to create the first at-home program to help parents easily teach mental health skills to their elementary-aged kids. 

This comprehensive program is complemented by a physical tool that will arrive in the mail each month, reinforcing the lessons you're learning together. Every month is designed to build upon the skills learned previously.

To the right, you'll see the protective factors for kids' mental health, based on a 2009 study about preventing mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders in kids. Mighty + Bright's Raising Resilience™ Program checks all the boxes.

Our goal is to create a foundation for positive mental health, and a new generation of kids who have the skills they need to cope with life's toughest stuff.

Disclaimer:

Please remember that the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric disorders requires trained medical professionals. The information provided on this web site or links to other information are to be used for educational purposes only. It should NOT be used as a substitute for seeking professional care for the diagnosis and treatment of any mental/psychiatric disorders. Our information is designed to be used to bolster family support and should be used in conjunction with professional care if needed. If you believe your child is in crisis, please immediately call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available 24/7. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)


*https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/28/well/mind/mental-health-kids-suicide.html
**https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2021-06-15/why-weve-declared-a-state-of-emergency-for-childrens-mental-health
***https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/28/well/mind/mental-health-kids-suicide.html
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