Guiding Kids Through Tough Times
Brave Guide helps kids learn to explore and express their emotions
Whether you are a parent or a professional, finding good resources to help your kids manage their emotions is important. Brave Guide offers workbooks, printables, coping skills tools, and parenting courses that teach kids to manage their emotions (and behaviors).
In the summer of 2018, my husband and I moved our family, including our two boys aged 6 and 9, across the country. It was a challenging time, especially for our 9-year-old who felt like he was leaving his whole world behind. I struggled to know how to help him. I would swing between feeling sad, frustrated, helpless, and overwhelmed as I watched him fall apart. And then, tragedy struck as I was diagnosed with breast cancer just weeks after settling into our new home.
My first thought after being diagnosed was to wonder how in the world I would tell my children and help them through the crazy times to come. But then the fear hit, and I was just doing my best to hang on and not fall apart myself.
Brave Guide was created through this time as I struggled to find ways to help my children express their emotions, learn to face challenges, and gain control over their behaviors. I knew that, as I was struggling, I needed to give my kids a structured, self-guided, tool that they could use to learn how to respond to what was going on around them.
These days Brave Guide continues to offer resources for kids who need help learning to manage their emotions as well as resources for teachers in the classroom. I also have an ever-expanding library of parenting resources offering help and advice to parents as they navigate the everyday challenges of parenting.
And, thanks to the requests from many professionals (school counselors, teachers, and mental health care workers) I have also revised many of my tools to work in an educational or professional setting as well. You can check out all of my professional resources here.
Ruth Song, M.A.
Hi there, I’m Ruth, the main author, and creator at MyBraveGuide.com. I have a Master’s in Counseling with a background in working with families in crises. I am also a certified Elementary Teacher and a Foster Parent.
These days I feel so privileged to be able to share my knowledge and experience with parents, teachers, and other mental health professionals. I love helping parents and caring adults find solutions to the everyday issues that arise throughout childhood.
I have also started to add many of my teaching resources that I use in my classroom. I approach teaching through a social emotional lense and believe that students learn best through play.
Beyond that, I am a wife, a mom to two awesome kiddos, and have also been lucky enough to welcome many other children into our home as a foster parent. In my free time, I enjoy creating whimsical, fun artwork that inspires others.