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Raising Resilience

42 EpisodesProduced by Sara OlsherWebsite

Parenting is hard enough on a good day. But when you’re facing a huge change, whether it be divorce, moving, a health crisis, or even a pandemic, it can be downright overwhelming. My name is Sara Olsher, and I’m the founder of Mighty + Bright, where I help your kids cope with the uncertainty that co… read more

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Episode 41: Learning to Trust

April 30th, 2021


I have a friend who has always made "crazy" decisions, like working for questionable startups and jumping off tall buildings. One day, I realized …

Episode 40: Dealing with Trauma

April 23rd, 2021


When something happens to us — either an ongoing traumatic experience or a single incident — there are many ways to deal with it. I read something recently that reminded me of what happens to us when we don't cope. …

Episode 39: The #1 Thing That Helps Me Stay Patient with my Kid

April 16th, 2021


When kids are having a tough time, they don't come to us and calmly say, "I am struggling and could use some assistance." They melt down, they sass . …

Episode 38: The Gifts of Anger

April 9th, 2021


Many of us label various emotions as "good" and "bad." Joy is "good" and anger or sadness are "bad." In this short episode, I share how I realized that I judged anger as "bad" and what I learned to value in it.

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Episode 37: Accepting Imperfection and Learning to Apologize

April 2nd, 2021


Studies show that good parenting and good relationships don't come from being perfect. They come from repairing when we mess up. Today, we're talking …

Episode 36: Why is it hard to ask for help?

March 26th, 2021


This month, we're talking about accepting help and coping with pity. Why do we have such a hard time accepting help?

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Episode 35: When someone is NOT actually helpful

March 19th, 2021


There are people who truly want to help, and then there are "grief tourists" who are in it because helping makes them feel good about themselves. …

Episode 34: How to move past fear and ask for help

March 12th, 2021


Asking for help is vulnerable. What if we open ourselves up for help and no one shows up? Today, let's talk about how to move past fear and ask for …

Episode 33: Pity, Empathy, and Sympathy

March 5th, 2021


"I don't want anyone's pity." Ever said that to yourself? This month, I'm talking about accepting help, and what keeps us from accepting us. Today, it's about the difference between pity, empathy, and sympathy — and how …

Episode 32: What I've learned from living with a disability

February 26th, 2021


Did you know cancer is a disability? Once it's over, it's never actually over. This is what it's like to live with a disability — and what you can apply to your own life.

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Episode 31: Why I (GASP!) got rid of all my books

February 19th, 2021


During my divorce, I replaced my old dresser with a new one at no cost. During cancer, I became obsessed with replacing my couch. I got rid of all my …

Episode 30: Helpful strategies for a long period of suck

February 12th, 2021


How do you get through a long period of time where things are really hard? What makes it easier, and how does that change when it's a hard time with a definite beginning and end date (like chemotherapy) versus something …

Episode 29: How Showing Kids What to Expect Clears the Clutter in their Head

February 5th, 2021


Have you ever noticed how your mind gets when you're anxious, running 10 million miles an hour? Kids are the same way. We tend to want to organize ourselves to make things easier, but kids don't have that skill. What if …

Episode 28: Finally - Meditation that Worked for Me

January 29th, 2021


My whole life, my inner life was a horrible swirling of emotions I didn't understand. After decades of trying to (unsuccessfully) analyze what was …

Episode 27: Surviving a Long Period of SUCK

January 22nd, 2021


Whether it's a pandemic, cancer treatment, or a divorce, surviving a long period of suck is HARD. I am here to tell you that it's OKAY if it's hard, and it's okay if you're not learning the lessons you need to right …

Episode 26: Why Mani-pedis and Glasses of Wine are not Self Care

January 15th, 2021


Self-care is a buzzword that brings to mind visions of mani-pedis, bubble baths, and a glass of wine. But TRUE self-care is about creating a life you don't need to escape from. 

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Episode 25: Creating a Sanctuary

January 8th, 2021


Whether it's an office, a bathroom, or a closet, we all need a place where we can go to calm the eff down.

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Episode 24: Starting the New Year with a New Perspective

January 1st, 2021


How do we want to begin 2021? What do we do when the clock doesn't start fresh at 12am on January 1st, there's still a pandemic raging, and not too much has changed? 

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Episode 23: Patience with the Process

December 25th, 2020


It's really hard to wait patiently for hard stuff to be over. Often, the process SUCKS. Here's why it's so important.

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Episode 22: Insights About Body Image from a Flat-Chested Cancer Survivor

December 18th, 2020


Losing my breasts to cancer and choosing to rock my flat chest and scars has given me a different perspective on my body and what it means to be authentically oneself. Here's the insight it's given me and why I decided …

Episode 21: Be Willing to Show Up Mediocre

December 11th, 2020


Many of us aim for perfection, or at the very least, our best work. Sometimes, though, that's at the expense of getting things DONE. Today, I'm talking about taking the cheap and easy path to podcasting even though I …

Episode 20: Parenting Through Your Own Mental Health Issues

December 4th, 2020


Listener request time! I have anxiety, and today I share how I parented through it when I was single, what I wish I'd done differently, and how I've …

Episode 19: Recognizing Everyday Miracles

November 27th, 2020


My entire perspective of life changed when I started to recognize the “miracles” that kept happening to me and started writing them down. Here are some examples and how this can change your perspective, too.

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Episode 18: How NOT to Make Decisions Out of Fear

November 20th, 2020


What happens when we don't know how we're feeling? We end up making decisions out of our desire to control, rather than allowing ourselves to make …

Episode 17: When Your Friends + Family Disappoint You

November 13th, 2020


When something awful happens, sometimes our friends and family don't show up for us the way we expected them to — and that can *hurt.* Losing friends …

Episode 16: Creating Household Systems for Stress Reduction

November 6th, 2020


Going through something hard? Creating routines and rhythms in your family can help reduce your stress in a MAJOR way. Here are a few tips for …

Episode 15: Why (and How) to Give Kids Control

October 30th, 2020


In this episode, Sara talks about how growth mindset and control are related, and how they help kids deal with life's hardest challenges.

Episode 14: How Animals Help Kids Cope

October 23rd, 2020


Animals have ALL SORTS of benefits for kids, including raising levels of serotonin and dopamine, which make them feel calm. This week, learn all …

Episode 13: What to Do When Parenthood is HARD

October 16th, 2020


Parenthood is hard enough on a good day, but throwing in other issues can make it feel downright overwhelming. What do you do when it feels like it's crushing you? After surviving divorce, cancer, and many other bumps …

Episode 12: What to Do When You Feel Like Everything SUCKS

October 9th, 2020


Sometimes, life is hard. Sometimes, we feel super sorry for ourselves, and then we feel guilty because other people have it worse than we do. What do we do when we're in a slump?

Episode 11: The Biggest Reason to Rethink Your Values

October 2nd, 2020


Our beliefs and values shift as we learn more about ourselves and the world around us. Here's why re-evaluating your core beliefs can help you build a life you — and your family — love.

Episode 10: 5 Principles for a Life of Peace, Balance, and Stability

September 25th, 2020


After 15 years of dealing with a lot of hard things, I have found five main things that have helped me build a foundation for a more peaceful …

Episode 9: Working Through Fear

September 18th, 2020


What happens when we aren't ready to learn a lesson?

Episode 8: When your brain can’t focus on what’s next

September 11th, 2020


During hard times or periods of stress, it’s hard for our brains to focus on all the stuff we need to do. Here is a quick tip about how to help yourself and your kids.

Episode 7: Taking What You Need

September 4th, 2020


What do you do when you don't get what you need? Do you get crabby? Do you feel guilty? Take a listen to this.

Episode 6: Anxiety Buster for Kids + Adults: Worry Time

August 28th, 2020


In this quick episode, I share a hack I learned from therapists about how to get off the worry train, for both kids *and* adults.

Episode 5: “Do” less

August 21st, 2020


When you’re forced to *do less* because you experience a major life change like divorce or a cancer diagnosis, you find what you truly need - and …

Episode 4: On Visibility and Sharing Your Scars

August 14th, 2020


What does it mean to put yourself out there? What does sharing your scars, either physical or emotional, do for you? What does it do for other people?

Episode 3: Having Faith That It’s Going to Be Okay

August 7th, 2020


When someone says, “it will be okay,” every fiber of your being might be screaming, “NO IT IS NOT!” It is, I promise - take a listen.

Episode 2: Surviving Divorce, Cancer, and Other Hard Stuff

August 1st, 2020


Mighty + Bright founder Sara Olsher talks about surviving hard things - including cancer at age 34 - and why she wanted to help kids build resilience and cope with uncertainty.

Episode 1: Routines 101: How to Involve Your Kids and Be Consistent

July 31st, 2020


In this quick 10 minute episode, Mighty + Bright founder Sara Olsher talks about creating a routine, how to get your kids involved so they will …

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