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Building Confidence Through Self-Discovery

Building Confidence Through Self-Discovery

Where does self-confidence come from? According to researchers, confidence is built from both external elements, like a positive family environment, and internal elements, like a strong sense of self. To develop a strong sense of self, tweens and teens need opportunities for self-discovery: learning about their unique character, beliefs, abilities,…

Why is Nurturing Self-Discovery so Important Right Now?

Why is Nurturing Self-Discovery so Important Right Now?

If you’ve been following us for a while, you probably already know that everything Lucero creates – from new features in the app to our social posts – is a collaboration between licensed clinical therapists and a team of youth advisors. Hands down, we believe that the best way to…

Using Spark as a Family

Using Spark as a Family

Here’s a little-known fun fact about Lucero: Long before we built an app, we created Quest Cards: a conversation card deck with questions that youth and families could use to spark conversations around the dinner table. With prompts like, “If your personality were a color, what would it be?” and…

What’s the Science Behind Self-Discovery?

What’s the Science Behind Self-Discovery?

Imagine the average adolescent. What qualities come to mind? You might think about big emotions, sensitivity, defiance, impulsivity, and maybe, just maybe, a hint of self-absorption. While there’s no such thing as a “typical” teen, research tells us that these traits show up for a good reason: they’re part of…

Why Are Loneliness Rates Increasing?

Why Are Loneliness Rates Increasing?

Loneliness has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., according to Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. In May, Murthy’s office released a sobering report which stated, “Our epidemic of loneliness and isolation has been an underappreciated public health crisis that has harmed individual and societal health. Our relationships are a source…

How an Emotion Wheel Pillow Inspired the Creation of Spark

How an Emotion Wheel Pillow Inspired the Creation of Spark

“With tweens and teens, it’s pretty common to hear ‘I don’t know how to describe what I’m feeling,’” says Meagan Butler, LPC. “And often, multiple emotions are happening at the same time.” As a therapist, Butler found assistance in the form of a fluffy pillow featuring the Emotion Wheel, an…

Why Self-love is So Important for Teens

Why Self-love is So Important for Teens

Self-love includes “radical honesty, positive habit building, and unconditional self-acceptance,” writes poet and author Yung Pueblo. If a single quality could ensure teens’ lifelong mental, physical and emotional well-being, it just might just be the ability to love themselves. That’s because self-love gives teens tools to conquer self-doubt, practice self-acceptance…

5 Strategies to Encourage Self-Compassion With Your Teen

5 Strategies to Encourage Self-Compassion With Your Teen

Did you know that one of the top causes of teen stress is negative thoughts and feelings about themselves? Neurological, biological and social changes during adolescence make teens more self-conscious, and that can quickly lead to self-judgment and self-criticism. To stop the cycle, teach your teen how to practice self-compassion.…

Tips for Nurturing Your Teen’s Emotional Intelligence

Tips for Nurturing Your Teen’s Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence, or EQ, is a secret superpower. In the book Emotional Intelligence, author and psychologist Daniel Goleman suggests that EQ may be even more important in life than IQ. Goleman and other researchers believe the full spectrum of human intelligence includes the ability to understand, express and regulate one’s…

How to Help Your Teen Make a Difference

How to Help Your Teen Make a Difference

No one is more passionate and driven than teens who want to make a positive impact on the world. From Greta Thunberg to Jalen Arnold to Marley Dias and many, many more, teens are leading the way to a brighter future. But your teen doesn’t have to spearhead a major…

The Benefits of Travel for Teens

The Benefits of Travel for Teens

There’s been a seismic shift in travel over the past three years, and it’s not as easy for today’s teens to enjoy the carefree adventures their parents once did. But one thing hasn’t changed: travel is still one of the most powerful ways for teens to learn about themselves and…

Why Being More Present is so Important for Teens

Why Being More Present is so Important for Teens

Did you know that learning to be more at home in the present can give teens a brighter future? Being more present gives them tools to manage stress, reduce anxiety, increase their focus and build emotional resilience. And since adolescence is a critical time for brain development, teens who practice…

Why Living Consciously is so Important for Teens

Why Living Consciously is so Important for Teens

What does it mean to live consciously? According to Zen Habits blogger Leo Babauta, it’s about “taking control of your life, about thinking about your decisions rather than making them without thought… If you’re drifting through life, or feel out of control, or don’t know how you got here, deciding…

Supporting Your Teen\’s Hero Journey

Supporting Your Teen\’s Hero Journey

What’s your favorite movie? No matter the genre, it’s almost certain that the main character starts off with an ordinary life, goes on an adventure or faces a crisis, and by the end is totally transformed. That storyline, which Joseph Campbell called The Hero’s Journey, can be traced back to…

5 Keys to Your Teen Finding Their Purpose

5 Keys to Your Teen Finding Their Purpose

Not so long ago, researchers thought a sense of purpose was only important for adults. Now they agree that purpose is critical for teens, too. Recent studies show that teens with a sense of purpose benefit from better mental and physical health, a more positive self-image, and an easier transition…

4 Ways Your Teen Can Practice Mindful Breathing

4 Ways Your Teen Can Practice Mindful Breathing

Mindful breathing is simple: Inhale. Exhale. Pay attention. Repeat.  Can something so simple really make a difference to teens? A recent study of nearly 400 11th-graders says yes. The more students practiced mindful breathing techniques, the more they reported feeling capable of managing stress. Lead researcher Deborah Schussler says that’s…

6 Steps to Creating Family Rituals

6 Steps to Creating Family Rituals

Family rituals can include everything from holiday traditions passed down through generations to Taco Tuesday and the silly way you always say goodnight. As teens become more independent, these rituals matter more, not less. Rituals strengthen bonds between family members by creating shared memories and reinforcing shared values. They’re a…

Teens and the Power of Visualization

Teens and the Power of Visualization

Elite athletes, entrepreneurs, and performers say it’s the secret to their success. It builds confidence, creates motivation, and helps gain a competitive edge. Visualization is powerful, and teens can use it to reach their goals, too. But learning how to use visualization effectively takes practice. Here, we explain how visualization…

Raising A Caring Teen

Raising A Caring Teen

Caring. Compassionate. Considerate. When asked what qualities they most want to nurture in their teens, these are at the top of almost every parent’s list. We all want our children to know the value of caring for and giving to others. But from advertising to social media, today’s teens are…

Helping Your Teen Dream Big

Helping Your Teen Dream Big

Is your teen a big dreamer? Do they talk to you about their future plans and what lights them up inside? Or do they seem a little unsure of themselves and their goals? It doesn’t get a lot of attention, but a teen’s capacity to dream is an important indicator…

Are you looking for ways to better support the tweens or teens in your life?

Navigating adolescence can be tough.

That’s why Lucero has expertly created a safe space for tweens and teens to just be themselves.

Give them the tools to develop healthy habits that last a lifetime in a way in which they enjoy.

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Building Confidence Through Self-Discovery

Building Confidence Through Self-Discovery

Where does self-confidence come from? According to researchers, confidence is built from both external elements, like a positive family environment, and internal elements, like a strong sense of self. To develop a strong sense of self, tweens and teens need opportunities for self-discovery: learning about their unique character, beliefs, abilities,…

Why is Nurturing Self-Discovery so Important Right Now?

Why is Nurturing Self-Discovery so Important Right Now?

If you’ve been following us for a while, you probably already know that everything Lucero creates – from new features in the app to our social posts – is a collaboration between licensed clinical therapists and a team of youth advisors. Hands down, we believe that the best way to…

Using Spark as a Family

Using Spark as a Family

Here’s a little-known fun fact about Lucero: Long before we built an app, we created Quest Cards: a conversation card deck with questions that youth and families could use to spark conversations around the dinner table. With prompts like, “If your personality were a color, what would it be?” and…

How Can I Nurture My Youth’s Self-Discovery Journey?

How Can I Nurture My Youth’s Self-Discovery Journey?

Self-discovery is the mission of every adolescent’s journey from childhood to adulthood. A strong identity helps tweens and teens develop self-awareness, self-regulation skills and confidence, and it guides them to make healthier choices and to grow into resilient adults. How can parents and caregivers make sure young people get the…

What’s the Science Behind Self-Discovery?

What’s the Science Behind Self-Discovery?

Imagine the average adolescent. What qualities come to mind? You might think about big emotions, sensitivity, defiance, impulsivity, and maybe, just maybe, a hint of self-absorption. While there’s no such thing as a “typical” teen, research tells us that these traits show up for a good reason: they’re part of…

How an Emotion Wheel Pillow Inspired the Creation of Spark

How an Emotion Wheel Pillow Inspired the Creation of Spark

“With tweens and teens, it’s pretty common to hear ‘I don’t know how to describe what I’m feeling,’” says Meagan Butler, LPC. “And often, multiple emotions are happening at the same time.” As a therapist, Butler found assistance in the form of a fluffy pillow featuring the Emotion Wheel, an…

We are excited to share the following press release!

We are excited to share the following press release!

  LUCERO APP ADDRESSES YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS Majority of Lucero Phone App Users Report Mood Improvement  [Austin, TX, June 2023] —  In the midst of an unprecedented mental health crisis which was recently highlighted by the US Surgeon General, over 50 youth, therapists, game designers and developers collaborated to…

Why Did We Include Connection With Our App Model?

Why Did We Include Connection With Our App Model?

Connection is a core component of adolescent mental health. Without supportive relationships, tweens and teens are far more likely to experience depression and anxiety and to be at risk for self-harm. Positive relationships with family, friends and others build tweens’ and teens’ self-esteem, increase their resilience, lower their risk of…

Meet the Team: Madison, Youth Advisor

Meet the Team: Madison, Youth Advisor

Meet Youth Advisor Madison, aka Maddie. You can find Maddie creating content for Lucero over on Instagram. She also helps our team of licensed therapists ensure that all the activities in the Lucero app are teen-tested and approved. Maddie brings drive, creativity and a playful spirit to the team, and…

Are you looking for ways to better support the tweens or teens in your life?

Navigating adolescence can be tough.

That’s why Lucero has expertly created a safe space for tweens and teens to just be themselves.

Give them the tools to develop healthy habits that last a lifetime in a way in which they enjoy.

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google play store

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