Children, Teens, and Families

March 8, 2021

Being Your Own Cheerleader

By Marina Barnes

In my profession, I have a bird's-eye view of the intense daily life struggles experienced by many teens who are overwhelmed by academic standards, social pressures, and familial stresses. This is a story about a courageous young woman, Malavika, and...

October 1, 2020

MSC and Being with Ageing Parents

By Tina Gibson

Compassion is relational. And perhaps the most complicated of these relations at times are within our family. Families are the very foundation of this human experience, and so many threads of the tapestry of our life may well be family relations. Bea...

September 3, 2020

How does self-compassion protect depressed adolescents? Quieting the self may be the key.

By Guanmin Liu
CMSC Guest Author

Excessive focus on one’s own negative aspects can have harmful effects, such as depression. It is especially so for adolescents, because they are more vulnerable to peers’ negative appraisals. We […]...

February 28, 2020

5 Myths of Self-Compassion

By Dr. Kristin Neff
CMSC Co-Founder

For many, "self-compassion" carries the whiff of all those other bad “self” terms: self-pity, self-serving, self-indulgent, self-centered, just plain selfish. Generations removed from Puritan times, we still seem to believe that if we aren’t pu...

February 10, 2020

Rx when Parenting a Child with a Chronic Condition

By Tara Cousineau

Parenting a child with an illness or disability is very common yet remains a silent plight for many.  Close to 20% of parents have a child with a chronic condition or disability, which is defined as any condition that has lasted or is expected to la...