Why are parents trying harder than ever but our kids are doing worse than ever? That is the question that first triggered the idea for The Kid Factory.
Suicide rates in kids and teens have increased 56% in the last decade. This is unprecedented, unpredicted, and shocking. Anxiety and depression diagnoses are rapidly rising for both boys (10% increase from 2009) and girls (70% increase). We are on a journey to find solutions to this epidemic, and provide resources to as many parents as possible.
Our pop-up events are designed to raise awareness about the role of play in combatting the mental health epidemic. Why is play so important? Kids use play to test out theories, take risks, and build confidence through their own self-guided discovery! For a variety of reasons, kids no longer have access to enough open-ended play. Instead their days are over-scheduled, over-structured, and over-stimulated - mostly due to the misconception parents are given that this is what children need to be successful and happy. The Kid Factory is designed to give kids one afternoon of free play, and to show parents the role play has in their child's mental health.
The Go Get Mom podcast provides resources to parents. The more resources parents have, the better. We feature a different guest each week to offer free information, actionable coping tools, and a new perspective on some area of parenting and mental health. All our guests are on the cutting edge of their area of expertise and offer insight that is not often heard anywhere else.
We aren't just pop-ups and podcasts. The whole idea behind The Kid Factory is we are on a journey. Journeys evolve and surprise, therefore we are always creating new ways to navigate this path. The best way to keep posted on what we're up to next is to follow us on Instagram.