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My guest today is Rowan O’Roarty.
Rowan is my oldest child, she will be 18 in January, and one of my biggest teachers of personal growth. As we all do, we learn who we are as parents, through our relationships with our children. Rowan made me a mom, and continues to influence who I am in the world as I navigate what it means to mother her.
Rowan has been through her own journey of personal discovery over the past few years, maneuvering mental health challenges, dropping out of school, completing her GED, and stepping in to big responsibility while her dad and I were gone for 2 months going through my husband’s cancer treatment.
I am honored that she is willing to come share herself and her journey so candidly with you all today.
Takeaways from the show:
Where anxiety started & when Rowan became aware she had anxiety
Things we did that helped Rowan cope with depression and anxiety
Navigating anxiety attacks and how parents can be supportive
What depression feels like
Things parents can do that are helpful to their teen’s mental health
Dialectical behavioral therapy
Realizing only YOU can change your experience
What Rowan has learned about herself these past few years
Mental health and high school
Rowan’s freshman year
Opting into online school
Dropping out of school and gaining parent’s support
The GED test
Plans for the future
What does Joyful Courage mean to you?
To me, when I hear Joyful Courage and I put it into the context of mental health in teens, I think of having courage. Having the courage to choose joy when the circumstances are against you or things aren’t working out. Finding joy and being so courageous to chase after it and be joyful.
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