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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 […]

TIP OF THE WEEK: Need to Get Your Child Out of Your Bed? Find Out How

Kids love sleeping with their parents. Given the choice, most kids would sleep in their parents bed until they graduate high school. Well…not that long but long enough to make parents uncomfortable and for kids to be unable to fall asleep on their own. Need to get your child out of your bed?  Be willing […]

Why Kids Shouldn’t Watch the News

It’s after work and you have the t.v. on for just a few minutes while you cook dinner. Or maybe you’re trying to catch up on what’s happening in Syria, the stock exchange or even the latest happenings in Hollywood. You click the television on, go about what you’re doing and maybe catch a little […]

Anxious Kids and Fireworks

When I was a kid, the 4th of July was my least favorite holiday.  The day itself was fine…eating watermelon, playing in the sprinkler, but when the fireworks came out I headed straight for my bedroom and shut the door. I loved the way the fireworks lit up the sky and if I’d had a […]

Tips for Curbing Holiday Anxiety in Kids

The holidays can be a tough time for anxious kids.  Anytime there is something new or a change in routine, anxious kids are known to spin.  Add to that:  Elf on the Shelf, holiday wish lists, toy advertisements on television, advent calendars, two weeks off from school, and a chance of snow and things can […]