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TIP OF THE WEEK: How to Keep Smart Kids Away from Adult Information

I had seen it before. Many times before. Another parent sat before me in tears. Her eight-year-old had found out about her impending divorce before she and her husband decided how to tell the kids. It wasn’t from eavesdropping (Mom and Dad were much too smart to talk when the kids were around) and it […]

TIP OF THE WEEK: Your Child Afraid of Halloween? Find Out What Helps

Halloween brings out lots of excitement for kids. School parties. Costume decisions. Candy. Lots and lots of candy.  And, of course, people dressed in all black with a bloody mask jumping out at you when you least expect it. If you’re taking your child trick-or-treating this year you can’t predict what you’re going to find […]

Three Tools to Reduce Back to School Anxiety

In my new book, Why Smart Kids Worry, I share 15 tools that parents can use with anxious kids. Many of the tools can be used in any situation but I am targeting three in this article that work well for back to school anxiety: 1. Square Breathing – Teaching your child this breathing method […]

Why DO Smart Kids Worry?

A 16-year-old was walking out of my office this week and saw a copy of my book on the table. He turned around and asked, “So why do smart kids worry?” He was the third person who had asked that day so I laughed and said “We’ll talk about it next week.” Being a sixteen-year-old, and […]

‘Why Smart Kids Worry’ Can Ease Kids’ Anxiety: A Featured Article on

When our young school-age kids worry, we parents worry, too. Some are scared to get on the bus, some have a terrible time falling asleep and others might hit themselves in the head when their homework stumps them. In our fast-paced world, anxiety relentlessly attacks whoever it wants to.  Enter this great expert: Allison Edwards, LPC, […]

Why Many Kids Don't Like School

The beginning of school brings up lots of emotions for kids. Some of them are positive, such as excitement to see friends, meet their new teacher and get back into a structured routine. Some of them are negative, such as frustration with having to do homework, getting to bed early and sitting in a desk […]