Children

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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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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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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A Parent’s Guide To Talking About Tragedy

How can I help my children understand tragedy? In the age of social media, 24/7 news coverage, and YouTube, many parents and adults that care about children, find themselves struggling with how to help their children understand tragedy and process events to which they are exposed. Frankly, it’s hard to know what to say when…

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My Child Just Can’t Manage His Emotions!

What do I Do with My Child’s Emotions? If you’re a parent or have children in your life in any capacity, you know how hard it can be for them manage their emotions. As the adults in their lives, we have the unique and important task of helping them understand what they are feeling and…

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