The Secret to Helping Your Child Recognize Their Emotions with Lynn McLaughlin and Amber Raymond


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With conversations about mental health on the rise, it’s incredibly important that we start helping our children learn how to recognize their emotions early in life.

In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 1 in 3 of all adolescents ages 13 to 18 will experience an anxiety disorder. That number is just staggering, and the trend has been on the rise for a while, so it’s up to us parents to give our children - and ourselves the tools to help us cope.

That’s why I am thrilled to have my two guests on the podcast this week - that’s right…not just one expert, but TWO!

Lynn McLaughlin is a proud mother of three adult children. Professionally, she served on three different school boards as a Superintendent of Education, Principal, Vice-Principal, Teacher, and Educational Consultant.

In addition to hosting her weekly podcast, Taking the Helm, she is a best-selling author. When she felt called to write a children’s book about overcoming anxiety and other big emotions she reached out to her niece, Amber for her subject matter expertise.

Amber Raymond is a Master's level Social Worker specializing in self-awareness and self-development. She is an advocate for non-conventional, evidence-based coping strategies and identifies as a loving and committed mother and friend.

Amber is passionate about child mental health, lifelong self-care practices, self-exploration, self-love, and wellbeing and she is always on the lookout for new ways to learn and grow.

Although it’s a heavy topic, Lynn and Amber have created a fun way to teach your littlest ones (and even our not so little ones) about our biggest emotions.

It feels especially relevant right now with back to school around the corner and I know in our home that can be a time of mixed emotions so this has definitely helped.

This episode of the Wannabe Minimalist Show will also help you discover:

  • What emotional literacy means when it comes to children
  • How we can help our children recognize their emotions
  • Advice for when we lose our tempers
  • The ways we can manage emotions
  • A playful way to talk to your children about how they feel


Links mentioned in this episode (some may be affiliate links):

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Lynn & Amber’s Book: I Have Choices (The Power of Thought Series)

Lynn McLaughlin’s Website

Lynn’s Instagram

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