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CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, invites you to their conversations with mental health professionals and others about topics that concern us as we navigate our parenting journeys and support our kids struggling with their emotional well-being.This is the conversation you aren’t having with your kid’s doctors and teachers because time doesn’t allow it. Or, with your friends, because they just don’t get it. So put in your earbuds, take this 30 minutes for you and join our conversation because mental health matters. CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
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When the Anxiety Monster reared his ugly head one morning at college, a student called his mom. In this essay from the CATCH series, In Real Life, she shares their conversation and the one important question she asked to support him in that moment.You can read this In Real Life Journal post here.Do you ever wonder if you’re the only one struggling with bumps and pitfalls on a daily basis? Listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life, straight from the CATCH Journal at catchiscommunity.org. We’re recording those heartfelt and honest stories from parents and others for those who’d rather listen than read. When you hear people share their most vulnerable moments, you’ll know you are not alone. So put in your earbuds and listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life.To submit a personal In Real Life Blog post email us at info@catchiscommunity.org music credit:PMHG Podcast music provided by Tune 2 go / POND 5This Real Talk music provided by Lagito Music/ POND 5CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
It took five years, but I finally figured out how to follow the therapist’s advice. In this Essay from Real Life, a mom shares her struggles with managing her anxiety while trying to support her son on his mental health journey. Through a series of trials and errors, can she learn the true value of validation?You can read this In Real Life Journal post here.Do you ever wonder if you’re the only one struggling with bumps and pitfalls on a daily basis? Listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life, straight from the CATCH Journal at catchiscommunity.org. We’re recording those heartfelt and honest stories from parents and others for those who’d rather listen than read. When you hear people share their most vulnerable moments, you’ll know you are not alone. So put in your earbuds and listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life.To submit a personal In Real Life Blog post email us at info@catchiscommunity.org PMHG Podcast music provided by Tune 2 go / POND 5This Real Talk music provided by Play Again/POND 5CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
During this holiday season, why are we surprised when that unwanted guest, Grief shows up? Listen to this Essay from Real Life as one family opens their arms to a young man walking through his journey of grief.You can read this In Real Life Journal post  here.If you’d like to write an In Real Life, email info@catchiscommunity.org.Do you ever wonder if you’re the only one struggling with bumps and pitfalls on a daily basis? Listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life, straight from the CATCH Journal at catchiscommunity.org. We’re recording those heartfelt and honest stories from parents and others for those who’d rather listen than read. When you hear people share their most vulnerable moments, you’ll know you are not alone. So put in your earbuds and listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life.music credit: CATCH intro: Tune 2 go/Pond 5Essay from Real Life: Melodrama Studio/Pond 5CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
Kids say the darnedest things.  In this episode of Parenting the Mental Health Generation, our host’s adult children join the conversation.  Shawn and Luke Oberholtzer, Amy’s kids, are in their 20s, and have some things to say about growing up, the parent-child relationship, social media and more. Our other host, Lisa, is raising two young children and soaks in all the Oberholtzers have to offer.  SHOW NOTES:Articles Luke referenced:https://www.localsyr.com/news/local-news/young-adults-are-the-most-lonely-data-showshttps://www.americansurveycenter.org/research/the-state-of-american-friendship-change-challenges-and-loss/To submit an episode idea, email podcast@catchiscommunity.org So put in your earbuds, take this 30 minutes for you and join our conversation because mental health matters.To find all of the resources CATCH provides to caregivers of young people struggling with their mental health, go to www.catchiscommunity.org. Follow us on social media @catchiscommunity.Music credit: Tune 2 go / POND 5CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
Parenting Pitfalls

Parenting Pitfalls

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Fear of going to camp...or is it? Toothpaste flavors, chicken nuggets, and friendship drama are all up for discussion in this episode of Parenting the Mental Health Generation.   Our hosts, Amy and Lisa, talk with Dr. Natalia Kaczmarek, licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Indigo Therapy Group, Northbrook, Illinois about the challenges of parenting, the pitfalls we experience, and how to course correct in a way that really benefits our kids.SHOW NOTES:Dr. Kaczmarek's Practice - Indigo Therapy GroupSo put in your earbuds, take this 30 minutes for you and join our conversation because mental health matters.To find all of the resources CATCH provides to caregivers of young people struggling with their mental health, go to www.catchiscommunity.org. Follow us on social media @catchiscommunity.Music credit Tune 2 go / POND 5CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
Have you spent hours arguing with your teen about cleaning their room  or taking out the garbage when they couldn't seem to even start the chore? Wondering why your middle schooler couldn't start their homework?In this episode of Parenting the Mental Health Generation, Amy and Lisa talk with Stacy Mautner, an ADHD and advocacy coach about these latest buzz words, Executive Functioning (EF). What is it? How do you help your child build these skills? How do you  set realistic expectations for YOURSELF as the parent? And, what is negotiable and non-negotiable when helping your child build their executive functioning skills?SHOW NOTES:How to contact Stacy Mautner for ADHD and advocacy coachingFollow us on social media @catchiscommunity.Email podcast@catchiscommunity.org with topic or guest ideas! We know this to be true;  it can be lonely and scary when parenting a child struggling with their mental health. Community connection is very important. And, CATCH is community.  Lisa and  Amy will show up in this podcast every month to connect with you. Take this 30 minutes for you and join our conversation.music credit tune 2 go / POND 5 © CATCH 2022 CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
If you are fortunate enough to sit down for a family dinner, you probably hope for a fun-filled conversation with sharing and laughter. For many, that's not the case. Parents often pepper their kids with questions only to receive one word answers, and everyone leaves the kitchen defeated. How can you change the dynamic and create a space where everyone feels free to talk? Jason Price, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Co-Director, Affiliates in Counseling, Northbrook, offers some ideas on getting your kids to open up... and not just at the dinner table.SHOW NOTES:Affiliates in Counseling Follow us on social media @catchiscommunity. Have a show topic or guest idea? Email us at podcast@catchiscommunity.org!This is the conversation you aren’t having with your kids' doctors and teachers because time doesn’t allow it. Or, with your friends, because they just don’t get it. So put in your earbuds, take this 30 minutes for you and join our conversation because mental health matters.music credit tune 2 go / POND 5© CATCH 2022 CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
Welcome to Season 2! We officially kick off with our first episode on September 20th and watch for new episodes every third week of the month. You can also find our episodes on YouTube now. Get ready for a new season with new guests who are both mental health professionals and with mental health life experts, those who have walked this journey and can share  unique perspectives and personal insights.And, we're asking you to get involved this season. Email podcast@catchiscommunity.org with topic or guest ideas! Want to write a blog post that gets turned into a Real Talk audio essay? Email us that too! Stay tuned... Amy and Lisa will be back September 19th with 12 new episodes  continuing our conversations around the challenges of parenting and connecting with  our kids.     We know this to be true;  it can be lonely and scary when parenting a child struggling with their mental health. Community connection is very important. And, CATCH is community.  Lisa and  Amy will show up in this podcast every month to connect with you.Follow us on social media @catchiscommunity.SHOW NOTES:CATCH website: www.catchiscommunity.orgPodcast on YouTube: http://tiny.cc/fwavuzLearn from Experts Video Series: http://tiny.cc/q0lsuzParents Support Network: http://www.catchiscommunity.org/parent-support-networkCATCH podcast email: podcast@catchiscommunity.org Music credit tune 2 go / POND 5 © CATCH 2022 CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
In our first Essay from Experts in our Real Talk series, we bring to life the interview CATCH did with Dr.  Julie Friedman, PhD, trauma psychologist  about the symptoms and treatment for secondary traumatic stress. Dr. Friedman is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Skyway Behavioral Health in Skokie, IL  You can read this CATCH Journal post  here. Do you remember that important question you wanted to ask your loved one's therapist only AFTER you're sitting in the car? Listen to Real Talk: Essays from Experts, straight from the CATCH Journal at catchiscommunity.org.  We’re recording this skill-based advice written by local mental health experts that CATCH is grateful to call friends for those who’d rather listen than read. So put in your earbuds and listen to Real Talk: Essays from Experts.If you have an idea for an expert topic, email info@catchiscommunity.org.© CATCH 2022 PMHG Podcast music "3 Water Springs" by Ian PostEpisode music provided by Frogard/ Pond5CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
If your child is heading off to college and taking their mental health struggles with them, this episode is for you.  Kyle, who just finished his freshman year at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and his mom, Anne, talk with our hosts, Amy O. (aka, the mom) and Dr. Lisa (aka, the psychologist) about their strategies for success and lessons learned from bumps in the road.You’ll hear Kyle talk bravely about his mental health journey, the resources that support him on campus, and the low point that prompted him to ask for help.  Anne shares how she got through this first year despite all her worries and explains the framework that let her know how Kyle was doing day to day.This is the conversation you aren’t having with your kids' doctors and teachers because time doesn’t allow it. Or, with your friends, because they just don’t get it. So put in your earbuds, take this 30 minutes for you and join our conversation because mental health matters.To find all of the resources CATCH provides to caregivers of young people struggling with their mental health, go to www.catchiscommunity.org or follow us on social media @catchiscommunity.SHOW NOTES LINKS:Choices Fair 2022CATCH Spring 2022 Lunch and Learn:  Creating a Game Plan for Your College Freshman with Mental Health Struggles with Bonnie Lane Cornell Collegemusic credit 3 Water Springs by Ian Post© CATCH 2022 CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
In our second to last episode of this season, listen to Amy and Lisa share their personal stories of what brought them to CATCH, the life lessons they are learning, and what they are experiencing after the July 4th shooting in Highland Park, a nearby suburb. Whether you're parenting young children or young adults, our CATCH team can relate, because we are living it. In this episode, our podcast hosts provide a look at who we are and why we believe everyone should prioritize mental health.SHOW NOTES:CATCH YouTube ChannelCATCH WebsiteParents Support NetworkLocal Trauma Informed TherapistsCATCH's Fall 2022 Speakers! Strixrud & Johnson The Self Driven ChildThis is the conversation you aren’t having with your kids' doctors and teachers because time doesn’t allow it. Or, with your friends, because they just don’t get it. So put in your earbuds, take this 30 minutes for you and join our conversation because mental health matters.To find all of the resources CATCH provides to caregivers of young people struggling with their mental health, go to www.catchiscommunity.org or follow us on social media @catchiscommunity.music credit 3 Water Springs by Ian Post© CATCH 2022 CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
It's true, everything we need to know, we truly do learn in Kindergarten.   In our next Real Talk, Essays from Real Life,  Linda Davis bravely shares her strategy to cope with the distress, find calm, and get through the tough moments when your parenting worries and fears are running nonstop.Do you ever wonder if you’re the only one struggling with bumps and pitfalls on a daily basis? Listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life, straight from the CATCH Journal at catchiscommunity.org.We’re recording those heartfelt and honest stories from parents and others for those who’d rather listen than read. When you hear people share their most vulnerable moments, you’ll know you are not alone.So put in your earbuds and listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life.You can read this In Real Life Journal post  here.If you’d like to write an In Real Life, email info@catchiscommunity.org.© CATCH 2022 PMHG Podcast music "3 Water Springs" by Ian PostEssay music provided by Escalante Music/ Pond5CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
The world is a mess right now. No matter what you read, watch, or listen to, the headlines are alarming:  senseless shootings, a difficult war, an upcoming and controversial Supreme Court decision, midterm elections, a lingering pandemic, and a serious mental health crisis amongst our kids.If it feels overwhelming to you as a parent, imagine how it makes your child feel -- and rest assured, they hear what's happening in our world and have feelings about it.In this episode of Parenting the Mental Health Generation, Amy O. (aka the mom) and Dr. Lisa (aka the psychologist) seek hope and strategies to talk with their kids, friends, and family about these headlines in a conversation with Maggie Schwalbach, an executive coach and founder, North Shore Executive Functioning.Together, they explore the value of reacting, responding, and knowing when to do each. (HINT: You react to a bear!) And, the grace in pausing. You'll also hear advice on approaching media consumption like a diet (You may think of McDonald's french fries every time you binge watch Netflix after this episode.) and the importance of empowering our kids.This is the conversation you aren’t having with your kids' doctors and teachers because time doesn’t allow it. Or, with your friends, because they just don’t get it. So put in your earbuds, take this 30 minutes for you and join our conversation because mental health matters.Amy O. (aka the mom) is the founder and Dr. Lisa (aka the psychologist) is an active board member of CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, a not for profit organization on the North Shore of Chicago with a mission to empower families to foster resilience and prioritize mental health and emotional wellness in their children through educational programming, access to resources, and peer support.To find all of the resources CATCH provides to caregivers of young people struggling with their mental health, go to www.catchiscommunity.org or follow us on social media @catchiscommunity. Music credit "3 Water Springs" by Ian PostCATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
Do you ever wonder if you’re the only one struggling with bumps and pitfalls on a daily basis? Listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life, straight from the CATCH Journal at catchiscommunity.org. We’re recording those heartfelt and honest stories from parents and others for those who’d rather listen than read. When you hear people share their most vulnerable moments, you’ll know you are not alone.  So put in your earbuds and listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life.You can read this In Real Life Journal post here.If you’d like to write an In Real Life, email info@catchiscommunity.org.Music provided by FlorewsMusic/Pond5CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
Do you ever wonder if you’re the only one struggling with bumps and pitfalls on a daily basis? Listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life, straight from the CATCH Journal at catchiscommunity.org. We’re recording those heartfelt and honest stories from parents and others for those who’d rather listen than read. When you hear people share their most vulnerable moments, you’ll know you are not alone. So put in your earbuds and listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life.You can read this In Real Life Journal post  here. If you’d like to write an In Real Life, email info@catchiscommunity.org.music provided by Frogard/ Pond5CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
One of the best ways to support our children's mental health is to talk about our feelings.  But that's easier said than done with a kid who doesn't want to share.  In this episode of Parenting the Mental Health Generation, we talk with three local school leaders about how they get kids talking.  This conversation takes place as we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month and work to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles.  Join Amy O. (aka the mom) and Dr. Lisa (aka the psychologist) as they speak with Coach Geo, a high school teacher and coach, Blake Zweig, M.A., a middle school psychologist  and Dr. Brian Wegley, a superintendent.Visit the CATCH website to see the programming we are hosting throughout the month of May.This is the conversation you aren’t having with your kids' doctors and teachers because time doesn’t allow it. Or, with your friends, because they just don’t get it. So put in your earbuds, take this 30 minutes for you and join our conversation because mental health matters.Amy O. (aka the mom) is the founder and Dr. Lisa (aka the psychologist) is an active board member of CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health a nonprofit organization on the Northshore of Chicago with a mission to empower families to foster resilience and prioritize mental health and emotional wellness in their children through educational programming, access to resources, and peer support.To find all of the resources CATCH provides to caregivers of young people struggling with their mental health, go to www.catchiscommunity.org or follow us on social media @catchiscommunity.CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
Do you ever wonder if you’re the only one struggling with bumps and pitfalls on a daily basis? Listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life, straight from the CATCH Journal at catchiscommunity.org. We’re recording those heartfelt and honest stories from parents and others for those who’d rather listen than read. When you hear people share their most vulnerable moments, you’ll know you are not alone. So put in your earbuds and listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real LifeYou can read this In Real Life Journal post  here.If you’d like to write an In Real Life, email info@catchiscommunity.org.music provided by jjamesjrums/ Pond5 CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
Do you ever wonder if you’re the only one struggling with bumps and pitfalls on a daily basis? Listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life, straight from the CATCH Journal at catchiscommunity.org. We’re recording those heartfelt and honest stories from parents and others for those who’d rather listen than read. When you hear people share their most vulnerable moments, you’ll know you are not alone. So put in your earbuds and listen to Real Talk: Essays from Real Life.You can read this In Real Life Journal post  here.If you’d like to write an In Real Life, email info@catchiscommunity.org.music provided by jjamesjrums/ Pond5CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
Do you feel pressure to protect your child from disappointment? You aren't the only one. Our guest, Dr. Karen Cassiday, clinical psychologist and owner and managing director of the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago, says that's a common experience for parents these days and comes with real consequences, especially when anxiety is part of the picture.  In this episode, she talks with our hosts, Amy O. and Dr. Lisa, about another perspective on parenting and how her new book, The No Worries Guide to Raising your Anxious Child, can guide families through living an imperfectly OKAY life, with anxiety and all of our daily ups and downs. Dr. Cassiday is also the host of a radio show and podcast, Moms Without Worry. This is the conversation you aren’t having with your kids' doctors and teachers because time doesn’t allow it. Or, with your friends, because they just don’t get it. So put in your earbuds, take this 30 minutes for you and join our conversation because mental health matters.Amy O. (aka the mom) is the founder and Dr. Lisa (aka the psychologist) is an active board member of CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health a 501(c)(3) organization based in Chicago's Northern Suburbs. CATCH's mission is to empower families to foster resilience and prioritize mental health and emotional wellness in their children through educational programming, access to resources, and peer support.In addition to her own book, The No Worries Guide to Raising your Anxious Child,  Dr. Karen Cassiday also recommends:Brave Parenting by Krissy PozatekThe Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva EgerTo find all of the resources CATCH provides to caregivers of young people struggling with their mental health, go to www.catchiscommunity.org or follow us on social media @catchiscommunity.CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
Of course, you love your child, but how do you show it? Do they even know it? And what about those moments when they make you so mad the affection is replaced by steam pouring out of your ears? What happens to the love in that case? It's still there, but depending on how you react, your child may only see and feel the anger. In this episode of Parenting the Mental Health Generation, we talk with Lisa Ehrlich-Menard from Response for Teens about the importance of unconditional love, how to express it, and what to do in those moments when kids put parents to the test.This is the conversation you aren’t having with your kids' doctors and teachers because time doesn’t allow it. Or, with your friends, because they just don’t get it. So put in your earbuds, take this 30 minutes for you and join our conversation because mental health matters.Amy O. (aka the mom) is the founder and Dr. Lisa (aka the psychologist) is an active board member of CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health a 501c3 based organization on the Northshore of Chicago with a mission to empower families to foster resilience and prioritize mental health and emotional wellness in their children through educational programming, access to resources, and peer support.To find all of the resources CATCH provides to caregivers of young people struggling with their mental health, go to www.catchiscommunity.org or follow us on social media @catchiscommunity.CATCH, Community Action Together for Children's Health, is a 501(c)3 that provides support and education for families around mental health topics. Original content and materials from CATCH and its collaborators are for informational purposes only. They are provided as a general resource and are not specific to any person or circumstance. © CATCH 2022
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