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Emotional Acceptance

Here are three steps to accept our children’s emotions so they can be expressed in a healthy manner: Take a deep breath and remain calm (joining their big emotions will escalate the situation) Hold firmly to your boundary, position or limit (this isn’t about being permissive or giving in) Let their feelings be and acknowledge…

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Battling Loneliness:

Making friends in adulthood Connection is an extremely important part of mental health. Isolation can be a sign or symptom of mental illness, as well as a contributing factor. While in school, we are surrounded by a group of our peers, the majority of whom are actively seeking friendship and connection. What do we do…

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The Sunday Scaries:

How to manage workweek anxiety Monday. That word can bring up a feeling of dread and anxiety specifically related to starting your work week. The “Sunday Scaries” are a very real form of anxiety that can start on Sunday afternoon and evening, related to the beginning of the coming work week. So why do we…

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Managing Unemployment Stress

3 Tips to make the most of this transition Unemployment is a major and often unexpected life transition, and can feel very stressful and hopeless. Looking for a new job is a taxing process that takes a significant amount of time and energy. Coupled with the potential feeling of defeat that can accompany unemployment, finding…

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Empty Nesting

Managing your changing relationship with your adult child Dropping your child off at college for the first time can be a very emotional and confusing event. Not only will they be living independently, but you are also reclaiming your independence after 18 years. While this affords you lots of free time, empty nesting for the…

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Building a Coping Kit

Building a Coping Kit Helping a child to build a coping kit can empower them to work through their worries.  A coping kit is simply a list of skills and strategies a child can use when feeling anxious.  It helps to practice these strategies when the child is already calm. Sometimes children can memorize their…

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School Refusal

What is school refusal?   Anxiety in kids and teens can take the form of school refusal. School refusal is when a student simply refuses to go to school or fights so hard against going to school that it becomes a miserable battle each morning.   School refusal is different from truancy. Children who are…

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Giving Thanks through Change

As we enter into the Thanksgiving season, we are often faced with the idea of giving thanks and expressing gratitude. This can be an easy practice if things are going how we want them to go or if generally things are positive in our life. If we are going through changes or if our life…

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Bullying: How to Help Your Child

October is Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying touches the lives of many young people and it can take many forms including physical, mental/emotion, and cyberbullying. While there are many ways we as adults can support bullying prevention, we can also teach children to help themselves when faced with bullying. Teach Empathy. “Hurt people” hurt people. Children…

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Facing Change & Transitions

Change is a part of life, but it can make us feel so uncomfortable until things are “resolved”. Here are some tips to overcome typical struggles in facing life transitions. Accept the Change We often spend a lot of mental energy fighting the change or not even acknowledging that life is changing. We try to…

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