Live Strong House Hosts Bi-Annual Parent Summit
Recently, Live Strong House (LSH) hosted a conference called “The Parent Summit”. The conference was an opportunity for parents to connect with one another, share their experiences, and learn from experts in the field. The event covered a range of topics, from the challenges of parenting a child with mental health issues to the latest research on improving mental health. Parents left the conference feeling empowered and equipped with new tools and strategies for supporting their children on their journey to recovery.
A panel of alumni parents and students from Live Strong House recently took part in a Q&A session, where current parents were given the opportunity to ask questions and receive some insight from the alumni. The panel consisted of several former students who had successfully completed the treatment program and were now in recovery, as well as parents who had seen their children through the program. The session was designed to provide current parents with insight and guidance on navigating the challenges and realities of the program and life afterwards.
The Q&A session proved to be a valuable resource for current parents, who were able to hear firsthand accounts of the experiences of both the students and their parents. The alumni were able to provide a unique perspective on the program, having gone through it themselves, and their stories of success served as an inspiration for those still struggling. The parents on the panel were also able to share their own experiences and offer advice and support to those who were just beginning the journey. They spoke about the importance of perseverance, support, and determination in the treatment process, and encouraged the current parents to remain strong and committed. Overall, the Q&A session was a powerful reminder of the importance of community and connection in the recovery process, and it provided current parents with the hope and encouragement they needed to persevere.
LIFE IS LIKE A FITTED SHEET
Therapist from LSH recently gave a humorous yet poignant speech at the 2023 Parent summit comparing children to fitted sheets. They explained that, like fitted sheets, children can be difficult to manage and never quite fold up how we want them to. They elaborated on the challenges of parenting, particularly the unpredictability and unique personalities of each child. The therapists emphasized that, just as we must accept the quirks and imperfections of a fitted sheet, we must also accept and embrace the individuality of our children.
The analogy of children to fitted sheets provided a lighthearted way to discuss the serious topic of parenting and the importance of accepting and loving our children for who they are, rather than trying to mold them into our own image of perfection. The message resonated with the parents, who left the conference feeling empowered to be more patient and accepting with their children. The workshop served as a reminder that parenting is a journey full of ups and downs, but that the rewards of loving and accepting our children for who they are far outweigh any challenges along the way.
Power of Play & The Rush Funplex
One of the therapists at LSH, Kim Jensen, gave a powerful speech at the summit about the benefits of spending time in nature and its importance for our well-being and mental health. Kim spoke about how nature has a calming effect on the mind and body, reducing stress and anxiety while promoting relaxation and a sense of peace. She emphasized the importance of incorporating nature into our daily lives, whether it be through taking a walk in the park, gardening, or simply sitting outside and taking in the beauty of the natural world. Kim also shared studies that showed how spending time in nature can reduce symptoms of depression, improve cognitive function, and boost overall mood and happiness.
To support Kim’s message about the power of play and having fun, all of the parents and their students went to the Rush Funplex in Syracuse Utah for an afternoon of bowling, laser tag, mini golf, rollerblading, and rock climbing. Students and parents had a blast together as they put their differences aside and had some good old fashion fun!