Talking About Emotions & Resiliency with Cathy Hurst

In this episode, we speak to Cathy Hurst about leveling up the conversations with your kids about their emotions, teaching them resiliency and the work that the Hayden Hearst Family Foundation is doing to help.

SEP 26TH, 2022

Episode Notes

Memorable Moments:

  • 6:39 If we had learned early on, just like you learn math skills or science or spelling or whatever, if we had learned more about our emotions, and where did it come from in the brain and the neurological system and how can we go: “okay, I’m gonna get myself out of this emotional mindset.” Take a deep breath, walk away from a situation and be able to come back and face it better, because maybe I was angry, maybe I was frustrated. And if I continue staying in that headspace, it’s going to consume me.
  • 8:00 That’s what’s important for us, to really get these kids to think about that tomorrow can be a better day, and that it’s okay not to be okay. And nobody, nobody in this world is perfect. And we all have our own issues and situations.
  • 11:15 We need to get back to allowing children to be vulnerable and have these feelings and say, you know, I’m learning [too] at my age…and instead, if I say, “Wow, I can’t believe you felt that way. Let’s talk about it or share with me, why do you think you have those feelings?”, it makes it into a totally different conversation. And so at my age, I’m still learning how to work with people and my children, especially.
  • 14:15 We’re so used to just going “well, I’m sorry, that happened.” You know, let’s just move on. And we’ve got to stop doing that because children are more sensitive today. They want so much to feel accepted…and so we’ve got to let them be the individuals that they are, but encourage them and you know, and help them through the rough times.
  • 17:08 That’s how we can help people figure out ways to handle this with their kids, [by] getting more and better resources out there at their fingertips.
  • 19:36 I get up every day and just want to make a difference and help that next child realize that life is important and to be resilient and not give up hope.

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Show Contributors

Cathy Hurst

The Hayden Hurst Family Foundation was established in 2018 by current Cincinnati Bengals tight end Hayden Hurst and is now run by his mother and Vice President, Cathy Hurst, since retiring from her career in Sales. Drafted out of the Bolles School in 2012 by the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball, Hayden struggled with pitch control in the minor leagues, eventually spiraling into depression and alcohol and drug abuse. Therapy and family support enabled Hayden to eventually pursue his passion – football. Hayden left the Pirates and baseball and walked on at the University of South Carolina in the summer of 2015. There, he would become the all-time leader in career receptions for a tight end, and grab the school record for most receptions and receiving yards in a season by a tight end. He became the first sophomore in school history to be elected team captain, and in 2017 was named first-team All-SEC tight end. The Baltimore Ravens made him their first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. In 2020, Hayden was traded to the Atlanta Falcons and in 2022, found his new home in Cincinnati as a free- agent.