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WATCH:  Tips on How to Start And Grow a Personal Brand in 2023

 

Introduction:

In today’s digital age, creating a personal brand is more important than ever. People are no longer just buying products or services; they are buying into the people behind those products or services. This is why having a strong personal brand is crucial to success, whether you are an entrepreneur, executive, or employee.

 

What is a Personal Brand?

A personal brand is the perception that people have of you, based on the image you present to the world. It is how you are perceived by others, including your peers, clients, and competitors. Your personal brand is not just about what you do; it is also about who you are and how you communicate your values and beliefs.

 

Why is a Personal Brand Important?

Having a strong personal brand can help you stand out in a crowded market. It can also help you attract more clients, build trust and credibility, and increase your influence. A strong personal brand can also help you create more opportunities for yourself, whether it is getting a promotion, speaking engagements, or media coverage.

 

How to Build a Personal Brand

Building a personal brand takes time and effort, but the rewards are worth it. Here are some steps you can take to build a strong personal brand:

  1. Define Your Brand

The first step in building a personal brand is to define who you are and what you stand for. This includes identifying your values, strengths, and unique selling points. You should also think about your target audience and what they are looking for.

  1. Develop Your Story

Once you have defined your brand, it is time to develop your story. This is the narrative that you will use to communicate your brand to the world. Your story should be authentic, compelling, and memorable. It should also be tailored to your target audience.

  1. Build Your Online Presence

In today’s digital age, having a strong online presence is crucial to building a personal brand. This includes creating a website, blog, and social media profiles. You should also be active on relevant online communities and forums.

  1. Create Valuable Content

Creating valuable content is a key part of building a personal brand. This includes writing blog posts, creating videos, and sharing your expertise on social media. Your content should be informative, engaging, and relevant to your target audience.

  1. Engage with Your Audience

Engaging with your audience is crucial to building a strong personal brand. This includes responding to comments on your blog or social media posts, participating in online discussions, and attending events and conferences.

 

Conclusion

Building a strong personal brand takes time and effort, but the rewards are worth it. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can create a personal brand that stands out in a crowded market. Remember to stay true to yourself, be authentic, and communicate your values and beliefs. With persistence and dedication, you can build a personal brand that helps you achieve your goals and creates more opportunities for yourself.

 

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Compliance or Consideration:
The Dangerous Truth About Obedience

Did you know April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month? This month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. Abuse doesn’t always leave bruises on the outside — it can come in many forms.

For many parents, the thing they wish for most is the ability to control their kids, ideally with a remote control! They are tired of every request turning into a shouting match, and just want the room cleaned, or the dishes done.

When I guide parents through the world of conscious parenting for the first time, many parents are often unsure or hesitant about the idea of abandoning rewards and punishments with their children. They feel that if they don’t reward the behaviors they want more of then they won’t happen again and that if they don’t punish their children when they misbehave they will keep doing the wrong thing and that they are being permissive, that their kids will not learn right from wrong, and by indulging bad behavior their children will fail to grow up and be good citizens. My question to them is, “Why do you want to teach your children to be obedient and reward them for doing as they are told?”

The intent behind my question is to help parents realise that what they really want are children who are considerate of other people’s feelings and needs rather than obedient and compliant. Dr Marshall Rosenberg said two questions that reveal the limitations of punishment are:(1) What do I want this person to do? (2) What do I want this person’s reasons to be for doing it? Punishment and reward interfere with people’s ability to do the things motivated by the reasons we would like them to have.

Children who are taught compliance will only clean their rooms when you ask and likely with resentment or possibly they have learned to be a people pleaser. However, children who are taught consideration are able to recognise when their room is getting messy, understand how important having a clean home is (if not to them to you), and clean it without you having to ask! In essence, children who are raised with consideration have the ability to think about the effect of their actions on others, and choose behaviors sometimes because they have adopted the value themselves and at other times out of consideration for others values.

Understanding the difference between true consideration and compliance, and which one we are fostering in our children, is one of the cornerstones of conscious parenting. Traditional, behaviourist parenting models propose that children should be quiet and subservient to the adult. In fact, as a society, we are so conditioned to believe that children should just behave that we don’t stop to think about the ramifications of those teachings. Do we want children to learn to blindly obey individuals they perceive to have authority over them?

Dr. Louise Porter wrote, “Throughout human history, children have always been considered the property of their parents, to do with as they wished. Therefore, child abuse has long been a feature of all societies, with the killing of children, child sacrifice, mutilation, enslavement and sexual abuse all socially condoned in Western societies until the 4th century CE and still practised in many industrialising societies today. Infanticide was widely practised; once it began to be discouraged, abandonment became common. The result was that more European children died from abandonment than from the combined plague epidemics. This history still casts its shadow on modern life.”

Types of Abuse

Child maltreatment comprises neglect of children’s physical or emotional needs, and physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Of these types, neglect constitutes more reported cases than the other forms in total, although emotional abuse is probably the most pervasive but more difficult to quantify and thus report. Many children suffer from multiple forms of abuse simultaneously which complicates calculation of the rate of child abuse with estimates varying. Researchers propose anywhere from 20% to over 50% of children aged 2–17 experienced two or more varieties of victimisation. These types spanned physical assault, peer or sibling victimisation, property victimisation, witnessing another being victimised, sexual assault and physical maltreatment.

Child maltreatment comprises neglect of children’s physical or emotional needs, and physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Of these types, neglect constitutes more reported cases than the other forms in total, although emotional abuse is probably the most pervasive but more difficult to quantify and thus report. Many children suffer from multiple forms of abuse simultaneously which complicates calculation of the rate of child abuse with estimates varying. Researchers propose anywhere from 20% to over 50% of children aged 2–17 experienced two or more varieties of victimisation. These types spanned physical assault, peer or sibling victimisation, property victimisation, witnessing another being victimised, sexual assault and physical maltreatment.


Sexual abuse involves the exploitation and coercion of children by someone more powerful than them. Most childhood abuse is perpetrated by someone familiar to the victim. In many cases, this is a parent or another close friend or relative, such as older siblings or their adolescent friends.

The first measure for supporting children is to remember: “I wouldn’t have seen it if I hadn’t believed it” and realise it is rare that children will disclose directly that they are being abused, instead they may give vague hints or display some signs that we don’t want to ignore as doing so increases the chances of the abuse recurring to this child and others in the perpetrators life.

Steps to take:

(1) If you see unusual injuries ask how it happened and do not believe implausible explanations. Let children know that if someone told them not to tell anyone, let them know it is wrong for anyone to tell them to keep a secret forever and they can talk to you about anything. Encourage them to talk but do not force them.

(2) Reassure children that help is available, but never promise to keep the abuse a secret or suggest that they should forget about what has happened. Their trust has been violated and they need protection from a recurrence.

Abused children will need emotional support to surmount the adversity and injustice they have endured. Children who have been maltreated tend to withdraw, with the result that they are often overlooked or ignored in educational or care settings. Alternatively some behave disruptively or with aggression. By school age, perhaps 70% of children experiencing behavioral problems have suffered abuse or neglect. In response, their interactions with teachers often comprise coercive discipline such as punishment for “bad” behavior. This adds yet another layer to the abuse they have already endured. Therefore, it will be important to ensure that you do not respond to their provocative behavior with controlling discipline.

Some guidance measures include the following:

  • Listen to and validate their feelings, this will affirm they are valued.
  • Allow them to be assertive about meeting their needs.
  • Avoid all praise and other rewards that cultivate an external locus of causality, that is low self-efficacy
  • Deliver no punishment when children behave disruptively or aggressively, but instead help them regain command of their emotions by them taking time away from the setting, doing something soothing, thereby teaching them to practise handling emotional arousal.

As always, if you need a safe space to discuss any suspicions, my door is open.

Love and Blessings,

Katherine

P.S. Looking for a little mid-week guidance with your conscious parenting journey? We have good news! Katherine and our resident pediatrician, Dr. Lauren Fulkerson, have returned with Tuesday Tips in our private Facebook group!

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What are your children actually listening to?  Who? Inner voices? Outer voices? Both?

Control. Do you feel yourself longing for it lately?
When life feels uncertain, we often respond by grasping for control in any way possible.

You hyperfocus on cleaning up the house.

You micromanage a project at work.

You criticize your spouse for the way they do…just about anything.
And you try to get your kid to “behave.”

The belief that we should control our children, that they need to act according to our wishes, usually comes from a deep-seated belief passed down from our own childhood. And when our kids don’t do what we think they should do, we take it personally:

They’re driving ME crazy.
They’re making ME frustrated.
They’re not listening to ME.
We’re tuned into how our kids make us feel, but what about them?

If they’re not listening to you, who are they listening to? What are they listening to? Why can’t they just do as they’re told?!?

The answer is that (just like us and everyone else) they’re listening to something inside themselves.  Watch this trailer for that Pixar movieInside Out?

Have they been silencing that sarcastic voice inside all day at school and they just can’t do it anymore?


Have they buried their own feelings so they can follow orders at school and now have they collapsed into high emotion because they can’t dismiss themselves a minute longer?

Chances are that they never learned the skill to get “bigger than what’s bugging them.” They don’t have a clue how to be connected with their feelings and be present to them in a way that communicates complete self acceptance of what is there. Not identified with them or overcome by them, and just as importantly not numb to them or oblivious to them and their inner world either!

Rumi, the Persian poet born 807 years ago expressed it so well in his poem The Guest House.

As an adult with tons of training I am still mindful to be with the feelings that arise and be attending to them like a visitor or a guest passing through. No matter what is arising internally I am interested and curious! I don’t identify with it as who I Am.  The skill of Being With makes all the difference.

Once we are centered in the sense of self that is bigger than identification with any one part of us we can turn toward all of it and hear how it is feeling from it’s perspective and how it wants us to behave without giving the reins over to that part and behaving how it wants us to!

Granted, if we are merged with that part, and in essence we have collapsed into it, we may be:

  • throwing a temper tantrum
    • riding a scooter through the house, or
    • sneaking out after curfew.

I’m suggesting you support your child to have the awareness of their inner world, to cultivate “getting bigger than what’s bugging them,” so that they can be with all the parts of themselves just as they are,with total self acceptance AND also without letting that part decide their behaviors.


With this knowledge you can see how they are separate from you.  How they are navigating the outer voices in their world and their inner voices.  When your child says “no” to you, they’re saying “yes” to something inside themselves. Get curious about what they are saying “yes” to inside of themselves.

Developing a sense of self is important for your kid. You want to raise a confident adult who’s able to advocate for what they need. But without the right guidance, you’ll probably default to judging what inconveniences you, and to control your child’s behavior, under the false pretense that they made you feel the way you do – which is of course ridiculous – no one makes us feel.

Every parent I’ve worked with has made the mistake of trying to control their child in some way. But you can change your behavior and transform your relationship. (And incidentally, your child will probably start listening to you more often!)

Love and blessings,

Katherine

P.S. Looking for a little mid-week guidance with your conscious parenting journey? We have good news! Our resident pediatrician, Dr. Lauren Fulkerson, and I have returned with Tuesday Tips in our private Facebook group! Last Tuesday we discussed the recent influx in school shootings – what can parents do to protect their kids.

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WATCH: The Rise of “Clipping Agencies”

Wait, What are Clipping Agencies?

Clipping agencies are companies that provide services related to media monitoring and clipping.

They offer services such as content curation, press clipping, reputation management, online news tracking, and more. They use a variety of tools and platforms to track news, monitor brand mentions, and compile data into useful reports.

Clipping agencies are often used by businesses and organizations to track their online presence and reputation.

What is leading to the rise of clipping agencies?

The rise of clipping agencies is being driven by the increasing number of online platforms and sources of information.

With the proliferation of social media channels, news outlets, and online forums, it is becoming increasingly difficult for businesses to keep track of all the conversations happening online. Clipping agencies can help businesses monitor and track this data, allowing them to stay up-to-date and react to changes quickly.

Additionally, with the rise of digital marketing, clipping agencies can help businesses measure the success of their campaigns and track customer sentiment.

In a recent episode with Gary Vee, Gary Vaynerchuck talks about the rise of clipping agencies and digital marketing trends for 2023.

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C-Suite Network Chairman & Founder, Jeffrey Hayzlett, Appoints Tricia Benn as Chief Executive Officer New CEO to Drive Disruption with ‘Executive Community Ecosystem’

MIAMI, FL – March 3, 2023 – Jeffrey Hayzlett, chairman and founder of C-Suite Network, former Fortune 100 Global CMO, appoints Tricia Benn as Chief Executive Officer. Benn replaces Jeffrey Hayzlett as the company’s CEO and will continue serving as Chairman, ushering in the “Executive Community Ecosystem” of the C-Suite Network, disrupting the current model of executive networking and delivering a digital platform that accelerates business success.

There are significant changes taking place in today’s business environment, that require all businesses to embrace new technologies, displacing old models and ushering businesses into the digital and hybrid era. This platform brings together all key components — community, content, counsel, and commerce – necessary for any business to succeed in a fully digitized and hybrid business world.

The implementation of the “Executive Community Ecosystem” of C-Suite Network ensures that purpose-driven business leaders around the globe gain access to the financial, social, technical, and operational tools necessary to deliver profitable and scalable growth and drive real and meaningful impact to their communities.

As CEO, Tricia Benn will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of the C-Suite Network’s new “Executive Community Ecosystem” platform and working closely with Hayzlett to see that success through the thousands of C-Suite Network leaders, to millions of executives that encompass their monthly reach.

Hayzlett appointed Benn to continue to lead on hyper-scaling the network, to continue disrupting traditional approaches to executive networking, and measurable monetization for its members.

“Old school, hand-to-hand business card swap isn’t enough to deliver business success in today’s fast-paced digital world,” said Hayzlett. He continued, “Our model, which we believe will become an indispensable requirement for sustainable and profitable growth among all purpose-driven business leaders. We are committed to building the C-Suite Network platform to create efficiencies that deliver growth in the digital and virtual era.”

Before her appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Benn served as the Chief Community Officer of C-Suite Network, and has been transitioning into the new role and responsibilities over the course of the past two years.

With her extensive experience in building and scaling businesses, Benn is uniquely positioned to drive disruption in the traditional approaches to executive networking and ensure measurable monetization for the network’s members. Under her leadership, the C-Suite Network is poised to continue delivering on its promise of accelerated success, profitable growth, and meaningful positive impact for purpose-driven business leaders around the world.

“Having worked with some of the most successful leaders in every industry and sector over the course of my career, and with chairman and founder Jeffrey Hayzlett for the past decade, I am honored to assume the role of CEO. I am committed to continuing to build on the C-Suite Network brand promise of accelerated success for great business leaders through our platform of community, content, counsel, and commerce. We are upleveling our commitment to inspiring, educating, and providing the tools needed to succeed for mission-driven business leaders in North America and around the world. Business success now through is about delivering against efficiencies of scale,” said Benn.

Benn offers a 25-year track record of industry disruption, building and scaling businesses, and consulting to thousands of top-level executives, business owners, influencers, government, and not-for-profit organizations.  In addition to sitting on multiple business, associations and not-for-profit boards, she served as a senior executive for three enterprise-level organizations in market research, telecommunications, media, marketing, and advertising. As a Global Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer and U.S. Managing Director within a $3 billion global holding company, Benn’s leadership in these roles drove double digit growth year-over-year and new contracts with some of the most important impact players in the world.

The C-Suite Network is comprised of executives, owners, investors, and influencers and backed by technology with a strong foundation in values-based leadership and an abundance approach that delivers accelerated success.

 

For additional information about the C-Suite Network, https://c-suitenetwork.com/.

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About Jeffrey Hayzlett

 

Jeffrey Hayzlett is one of the most compelling figures in business today and Hall of Fame keynote speaker. Former Fortune 100 CMO, Primetime TV and Radio Host, Jeffrey Hayzlett brings lessons from the highest levels of the C-Suite to stages, podcasts, and screens sharing the biggest strategies, advice, and stories from influential business leaders. Jeffrey is a leading business expert, cited in Forbes, SUCCESS, Mashable, Marketing Week and Chief Executive, among many others. He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, Fox Business, and C-Suite TV. Hayzlett is a former Bloomberg contributing editor and primetime host and appeared as a guest celebrity judge on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump for three seasons. He is a turnaround architect of the highest order, a maverick marketer and C-Suite executive who delivers scalable campaigns, embraces traditional modes of customer engagement, and possesses a remarkable cachet of mentorship, corporate governance, and brand building.

 

About C-Suite Network

 

C-Suite Network is the world’s most trusted network of C-Suite leaders, with a focus on providing growth, development, and networking opportunities for business executives with titles of vice president and above, owners, investors and influencers with what they need to achieve professional success.

C-Suite Network offers invitation-only events as well as custom-tailored content through all its entities: C-Suite TV, C-Suite Radio, C-Suite Book Club, and C-Suite Network Advisors™. Learn more at www.c-suitenetwork.com, or connect on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

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Battle Lines are Drawn | The World Ahead Exploring The Business Ecosystem Model

Business Ecosystems are one of the most commonly used terminologies across the business landscape. We often see institutions mention these ecosystems, and we also often hear high-valued companies worldwide likewise employ these business ecosystems to generate and improve customer value efficiently. So how do we define business ecosystems?

A business ecosystem pertains to the network of organizations that includes customers, suppliers, distributors, competitors, foreign policymakers, and so on. All these players are involved in the production and delivery of a specific product or service. The business ecosystem is simply the concept where members of its system must work hand-in-hand with and around each other in order to stabilize the system, thus optimizing the collective benefit. Like any other ecosystem that naturally exists in the world, a perfectly balanced ecosystem benefits all participants involved, and the opposite hold true to poorly defined ecosystems. Participants in the business ecosystem achieve more value if they work collectively than work individually. Every business ecosystem has its own participants, and this ecosystem requires at least one or more members to serve as the orchestrator that is held responsible for the structure and performance, including its Governance and management. A good understanding of the business ecosystem and its application is critical for companies to keep up with, or even stay ahead, of the global change of pace.

Dramatic changes in global demographics have been taking place. To give an example, the United Nations has predicted that by April 2023, the world’s largest population will be taken over by India from China. China’s population has already peaked while India’s is growing continuously. With this rapid expansion of population, the challenge lies in India on how it can capitalize on this. Most of this population in India belongs to the working age sector, and in theory, it should mean greater productivity. But there are many obstacles to this. Thus various sectors have explored the use of Business Ecosystem Models to help overcome these barriers.

As they say, no one entity can do it all in today’s intense competition in the business world, no matter how powerful and mighty. If you remain isolated, then you run the risk of getting left behind. As the idea of digital collaboration is becoming more common today, companies must cooperate and engage in business ecosystems. Through this cooperation, it can lead to various advantages not only for the company itself but for its potential customers as well. These companies can be granted access to multiple networks by plugging into these business ecosystems. With this, they will be able to find more customers in an easier and more timely manner, get access to new sources of data, and even improve established business processes.

One of the most common barriers to why organizations do not want to be involved in business ecosystems is the lack of familiarity with the framework to begin with. This common pitfall makes many companies, from small to big, avoid the idea of engaging in ecosystems. Various seminars and framework model lectures are being made to combat this barrier.

Perhaps one of the sectors which can fully appreciate the advantages of engaging with this business ecosystem is no other than the technology sector. Even start-up companies with promising technological products will be given an equal chance of global recognition through the use of these business ecosystems. Aside from the technology sector, the health and wellness sector also is a promising area for ecosystems. As of today, people have been focused greatly on pharmaceuticals in order for them to provide solutions to various health issues, be they physical or mental. Emerging solutions to difficult-to-treat problems like Post-traumatic Stress Disorder are currently underway and has been made possible through the use of networking between business. Expansion of ideas and business growth has never been faster, thanks to these business ecosystems.

Building and maintaining an ecosystem remains, however, a daunting task. Business ecosystems are more of an art rather than a science. One of the most difficult aspects of ecosystem leadership is that companies need to face two interdependent tasks: to maintain the organization (Internal Governance) and to maintain the ecosystem. Both have their own distinctive challenges, and both need to be addressed. Organizations that lack the necessary framework and structure can easily fall prey to these ecosystem challenges. As a result, their production, if any, will be predictably uncoordinated. And this lack of coordination will, in turn, will lead to poor decision-making and many opportunity costs.

Big and complex companies especially find it challenging to maintain Internal Governance. This is because these companies find it hard to let go of the command-and-control Governance. This centralized and bureaucratic culture makes it quite unattractive for members who thrive on speed and flexibility. To overcome this, central control must give way and empower micro-organizations’ periphery to decide and adopt operating models as the situation arises. This not only promotes autonomy but also promotes a faster decision-making process. For this to be effective, the business ecosystem must have a strong framework of values and business strategies.

In contrast to Internal Governance, the maintenance of the ecosystem is a different challenge. One difference is that ecosystems lack the constitutional framework that we can see from any organization. Moreover, members of an ecosystem may also have adopted different operating models, and folding these diverse models to work under one organization is almost impossible. Lastly, the members of the ecosystem must also deal with often unpredictable, constantly changing dynamics. These challenges can be mitigated by creating a deal structure that is based on the mutually negotiated terms of the majority of the members, established primarily on the value shared by most.

The ecosystem and its members affect and are affected by one another, thus creating a constantly evolving relationship. Each member of this ecosystem must be flexible and continuously adapt in order for the whole system to survive. This concept has revolutionized how companies approach their respective businesses. These business ecosystems allow quality goods to be marketed effectively by collaborating with different members that are working hand-in-hand in this partnership.

MarketAtomy LLC has developed a true business ecosystem committed to strengthening the small and micro business sector. This ecosystem brings together industry experts, mentors, and coaches in a multi-level information distribution model targeting small and micro business owners.

The goal of the ecosystem is to reduce the number of failed small businesses through education, cognitive awareness, accountability, and resource management. For more information go to www.marketatomy.com.

Danna Olivo is a Growth Strategist, Author, and Public Speaker. As CEO of MarketAtomy LLC, her passion is working with first-stage business owners to ensure that they are prepared and equipped to launch and grow a successful small business. She understands the intricacies involved early on in business formation and as such the challenges that come with it. A graduate of the University of Central Florida’s College of Business, Danna brings more than 40 years of experience strategically working with small and medium businesses, helping them reach their growth goals. danna.olivo@marketatomy.com

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How to Apply Ingaged Leadership in Multi-Tiered Organizations

Leading in multi-tier organizations requires a specific set of skills and strategies to effectively manage teams across different levels. These skills and practices can be used by all effective leaders, but are especially important to keep in mind if you are using Ingaged Leadership.

Let’s Review the Basics

Here are some best practices to consider:

  1. Establish clear communication channels: Create open and transparent communication channels between all levels of the organization. Ensure that information is clearly communicated up and down the chain of command and that feedback is actively encouraged.
  2. Encourage collaboration: Foster a culture of collaboration and teamwork by encouraging cross-functional communication and shared goals. This can help break down silos and increase productivity and innovation.
  3. Delegate effectively: Delegation is crucial in multi-tier organizations. Ensure that tasks are delegated appropriately to the right people with the necessary skills and authority to complete them. This can help reduce micromanagement and improve efficiency.
  4. Lead by example: As a leader, it’s important to model the behaviors and values that you want to see in your team. This includes being accountable, transparent, and respectful in all interactions.
  5. Develop leadership skills at all levels: Invest in leadership development programs to help develop the skills and abilities of leaders at all levels of the organization. This can help create a culture of leadership and foster innovation and growth.
  6. Implement effective training through the ranks: Training is like a lubricant that makes everything work better in any organization. Don’t let training be an afterthought Make it a top priority.

In Summary . . .

Overall, ingaged leadership in multi-tier organizations requires a strategic approach that focuses on communication, collaboration, delegation, modeling behavior, and leadership development. By adopting these best practices, leaders can create a culture of success and drive the organization forward.

About Evan Hackel, Entrepreneur, Author Speaker, Podcaster

As author, speaker and Evan Hackel has been instrumental in launching more than 20 businesses and has managed a portfolio of brands with systemwide sales of more than $5 billion.  He is the creator of Ingaged Leadership, is author of the book Ingaging Leadership Meets the Younger Generation, and is a thought leader in the fields of leadership and success.

Evan is the CEO of Ingage Consulting, Delta Payment Systems and an advisor to Tortal Training.  Reach Evan at ehackel@ingage.net, 781-820 7609 or visit www.evanhackelspeaks.com

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World Teen Mental Health Day

Mental health and wellness is a phrase you might have heard bouncing around recently, but what does it really mean? Children’s mental health and wellness sits at the heart of what we do here at the Conscious Parenting Revolution. This year, on World Teen Mental Health Day (March 2nd), we hope to clarify some common misconceptions about childhood mental health, and provide some useful tips for Conscious Parents everywhere!

There is so much pressure on young minds today, much more than one would expect at a cursory glance!

Pressure to fit in with new TikTok crazes and keep up with online appearances…

Pressure of keeping up with homework and extracurriculars…

Pressure to learn how to re-socialize post-pandemic…

Pressure to cope with the reality of gun violence in the US and some other countries and an ever changing climate…

Truly, life can be tough for children and teens, and we are just scratching the surface!

It’s true, every child will deal with life’s momentous challenges in their own particular way. However, while it can be difficult to discern at times, there is a difference between simply treading water and drowning. As a parent who has concerns about the impact of anxiety and a heightened sense of worry in your kids, there are signs to look out for when your kids start to go under.

Some signs are simple, such as avoiding meals or activities they would typically do for fun, worrying all the time, or expressing indifference/apathy towards themselves and others. Although it may seem obvious if your child is telling you they are worried, often as a parent, you may not notice they are saying it more frequently than before. Especially when the whole world around you is saying the same thing!

Other manifestations can be more difficult to identify, such as your kids becoming irritable or upset more quickly than usual, jumping right into shouting or even crying. It is also common for kids in distress to retreat within themselves, becoming introverted or quiet, seldom leaving their bedrooms. Consistent with other avoidance behaviors, they may also report having headaches or other aches and pains. While many of these behaviors occur normally throughout one’s life, an unexpected increase in frequency can be a telltale sign of a child experiencing difficulties with their mental health.

It is important for parents or caregivers to take note of these behaviors so that the underlying issues can be addressed and resolved. Usually, such behavior can be adequately soothed by a parent offering sufficient comfort. Still, if your child’s behavior persists, it can be a sign of a more severe problem. And of course, if their behavior causes significant concern, you should always seek professional help.

Prior to the pandemic, one in eight children were estimated to display signs of anxiety. However, recent estimates suggest this number could have significantly increased. Therefore, as a parent/caregiver, it is imperative that you are vigilant.


Different Types Of Anxiety In Children

Generalized Anxiety Disorder:
Signs are excessive, and what a parent would consider unnecessary worry.

Panic Disorder:
Regular displays of out-of-character intense fear can also manifest themselves with physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach cramps, shortness of breath, and even dizziness.

Social Anxiety Disorder:
This is when a child deliberately avoids any uncomfortable social situation.

Specific Phobias:
This is when a child will express fear and avoidance of a specific object or situation such as a fear of a particular animal, dogs, for example, going on an airplane, or having a check-up with a doctor or dentist.

Separation Anxiety Disorder:
When a child becomes upset and distressed before, during, or after being separated from a parent or caregiver.

Panic Attacks:
Rare in younger children, but parents should be aware of symptoms, including palpitations, a faster heart rate, sweating and shaking, shortness of breath, and chest pains.

Selective Mutism:
When a child refuses to speak to certain people or in certain situations, it usually indicates more than the child is just shy. Such a youngster may start to be anxious when they are about to be in a position where they know they will have to speak.

How To Address Anxiety In Your Kids

Just like any problem left unaddressed, childhood anxiety can quickly snowball into much larger issues – difficulty socializing, falling behind in school, self-harm, etc. Fortunately, there are many effective ways to address anxiety before it gets out of control.

Normalizing emotional expression in your everyday conversations with your kids is a great start. You can model healthy emotional expression by talking to them about your thoughts, feelings, hopes, and fears. Opening up about when you are afraid, feel helpless, or out of control helps your children recognise these feelings in themselves, which is the first step towards being in control of your feelings, and not the other way around!

The next step is having a discussion with your kids about the role of their feelings and emotions. Emotions are here to inform us, not to control us! Speak with them about “sitting with their feelings”, and that they are not their emotions. When a child is experiencing anxiety, it is an emotion they are having, not who they are. Similar to Disney’s Tinkerbell, children and adolescents are prone to becoming their emotions. Let your children know that when they feel anxious, it is something inside them, and not them. Encourage your child to sit with these emotions, acknowledge them, and attempt to discover where they originate from.

Children should be encouraged to participate, too. When your child refuses to go to a birthday party, instead of playing one side or the other (“you have to go”/ “you don’t have to go”), start by sitting with them as they process how they feel. Turn towards them as you listen to their underlying feelings and needs, this will start to settle their nervous system. Begin to empathize and gently ask questions to aid in both your understandings. When we express and accept our emotions they start to feel less overwhelming, and we begin to feel more in control.

Love and Blessings,

Katherine

P.S. In this episode of the Law of Attraction SECRETS Podcast, I chat with Natasha Graziano about her own parenting struggles, so listen in so you can OVERCOME whatever it is you’re going through with your child! Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!

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