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Embracing Mental Health Awareness Month: Nurturing Connection and Well-being for Our Little Luminaries

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month!

Social media, when used wisely, can be an incredible tool, but its impact on our children’s mental health cannot be overlooked.

As someone who faced bullying in school, home was my sanctuary.

Today, online bullying means that harassment follows kids home, making it feel like there’s no escape. Much like people can feel emboldened to act out behind the wheel, students often feel more protected when bashing someone from behind a screen. This anonymity can exacerbate feelings of unworthiness and comparison loops when children connect with their peers online.

Marissa, our co-founder and beloved teacher, has been deeply affected by the rising mental health challenges among her students, heartbroken by several kids at her school attempting or threatening suicide and engaging in self-harm. These BIG EMOTIONS clearly indicate that many children lack the tools to navigate their pain.

Statistics reveal the gravity of the situation:

- According to the CDC, suicide is the second leading cause of death among children aged 10-14.

- The National Institute of Mental Health reports that nearly 32% of adolescents have an anxiety disorder.

The importance of home cannot be overstated.

Children often view their parents as the most significant people in their world, making the quality of connection at home vital. Our children need our presence and love more than ever. Here are three ways to cultivate more connection at home:

1. Share “Poopcicle” and “Popsicle” Moments Over Dinner!

This playful activity is a fantastic way to spark meaningful conversations.

A “Poopcicle” is something that didn’t go well that day, while a “Popsicle” is something joyful or creative that made them smile. This activity supports family bonding and ensures everyone feels seen and heard.

2. Create a Daily Ritual of Gratitude

Take a few moments each day to share something each family member is grateful for. This simple practice can shift focus from challenges to positive aspects, fostering a sense of appreciation and well-being.

3. Engage in Creative Activities Together

Whether it’s drawing, crafting, singing, dancing, or playing a musical instrument, engaging in creative activities can be a powerful way to connect, express emotions, and have fun together.

One way we foster this connection in our home is through gardening. Working towards a shared goal (and a delicious meal!) nurtures trust and creates positive memories.

At Little Luminaries, our mission revolves around the mental health of children, and our products are designed to support this mission.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re offering a GIANT COUPON for a limited time so you can spread the love to the children you adore.

Use the code WELLNESS at checkout for 40% off by May 31st.

We hope to inspire you to nurture more connection at home, and we’re grateful to be part of this journey with you, supporting little luminaries around the world.

**Big Bear Hugs,**

Sunflower & Marissa

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