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Mindfulness and Children

Incorporating mindfulness into our lives can be a very helpful way to reduce stress and anxiety and pull us back to the present moment.  It is becoming much more common for the concept of mindfulness to be introduced to children too because of all the benefits it can bring to them.  This article on the […]

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Parenting Children with Anxiety (video)

Looking for advice on helping children with anxiety?  Check out this video from The Morning Blend where the issue of anxiety in children is discussed with Dr. Riemann of Rogers Memorial Hospital and me as a contributor. | | In case you missed my last appearance on The Morning Blend news program, you can view […]

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Guest Blog: Parenting a Child with Selective Mutism

Welcome to my guest blogger this week:  a parent of a child who had Selective Mutism (an extreme form of social anxiety disorder).  Please note that her name is not included to protect the privacy of her child. *** I remember when my son was 2 and he would sing and dance in our family […]

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A Letter to Victims of Bullying

October is bullying awareness month.  Bullying continues to get a lot of attention and there are many organizations dedicated to educating bullies and victims with a common goal of putting an end to bullying once and for all.  Most people who have experienced bullying know that it is possible to survive the verbal and physical […]

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Can Coping Mechanisms Help Us Overcome SAD?

When someone is shy or socially anxious, they often grasp onto a variety of coping mechanisms to minimize their fears.  A student in a classroom may doodle while the teacher is lecturing to lessen the power the negative thoughts have on their anxiety levels.  Or maybe someone says the ABCs backwards in their mind while […]

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Struggling to Fit in at School

The need for kids to feel like they fit in seems to grow with every increase in grade level.  In kindergarten and first grade, the friendship choices are more vast and less particular.  Moving up in the grade school years, the circle of friends becomes smaller but stronger.  Long lasting friendships begin to form.  In […]

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