Ep 20 Your Back To School Emotion guide

Learn how to have a more positive influence on children’s wellbeing during challenging times. In this fascinating episode, Meg chats to acclaimed psychologist Dr Vanessa Lapointe about the impact of the Covid pandemic on our young people. Learn about the effects of remote learning and the feelings and behaviours that could arise going back to school.

So what’s this episode really about?

  • The profound impact adults can have on the way young people process big emotions.
  • How to recognise alarming behavioural changes in in youg people and what we can do next.
  • Focusing on connection and co-regulation as a way to build solid relationship.

Why you should listen

As a teacher, coach or parent, being a role model is something we all strive to be. This episode is enlightening for big-hearted humans that care deeply about young people and have seen firsthand the emotional impact the pandemic has had on them. You’ll learn about the significant impact you have on children and what you can do to ensure it’s helping them navigate the ups and downs of life. You’ll learn about behaviour that could negatively impact relationships with children and what you can do to help them become the best version of themselves into adulthood.

Helpful skills

  • Become aware of the ‘brain bridge’ between yourself and the young people in your care.
  • Become curious when young people appear dysregulated.
  • Find pockets of time for meaningful one on one connection.

You can quote us on that…

“Whenever our children are facing separation or disconnection, the answer to that is going to be connection.”

Dr Vanessa Lapointe

“Everything is a story. And if you don’t like the story that you’re living in, you can just rewrite it.”

Dr Vanessa Lapointe

“We’re here in service of that child who is counting on us to show up in a way that helps, rather than hurts.”

Dr Vanessa Lapointe


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Hi, I'm Meg!

B.Phys Ed, M. Ed (Student Wellbeing), CIPP

I’m a teacher with experience working in primary and secondary schools across Australia, and a specialist in the field of wellbeing education and coaching. I founded Open Mind Education in 2013 with a vision of sharing practical, enriching wellbeing education with staff, parents, and broader school communities.

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