Who supports the supporters?
We do. HabitAware's Peer Coaches Aneela (Co-Founder), Ellen (Director of Awareness), and Mari (Community Engagement Manager), offer their lived experience to parents through online conversation, weekly calls, and a boatload of resources.
HabitAware's Parent Circle, in the BFRB Change Collective, is a private & supportive space for parents and kids who want to be the best resource they can be for their child who has chronic hair pulling, skin picking, or nail biting.
Through our lived experience and helping tens of thousands take control of BFRBs, we'll teach parents how to trade the misunderstandings, fights and hopelessness with BFRB education, skills for compassionate conversations, and a "Team Family" approach so that YOU have the handbook to support your child's healing process.
BFRB Change Collective - Parent Circle: meet your hosts
Meet Your Peer Coaches
Keen2 Tips for Parents
We believe it's best for your child to start with one trained area so they can get to know themselves and Keen2. As they get used to Keen2, they can add additional trained areas or potentially a second Keen2. In the beginning, their goal is to build their awareness muscles and to learn to make a new choice by replacing the behavior with something more positive. This could be taking three deep breaths, an arm stretch, or a fidget toy. Your child will have to experiment to find what works for them and these may change over time.
Please let your child know it's ok to do their habit a little bit, especially in the beginning. Our founder, Aneela, even still pulls a little bit, but the real win for her is that Trichotillomania doesn't have a hold on her anymore. She's taken control and that's what we hope for your child!
When Keen2 syncs back with the app you can look at the data together and start seeing what times of day impact your child the most. This will help you shift the conversation away from "did you do your behavior today?" to "let's look at your Keen2 stats and see if we can identify any triggers." By reframing it, your child won't feel blame or shame and that too will have a positive effect.
We've also hosted a webinar where we've explored how to best be a supportive parent to a child with a BFRB