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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 Parents.com

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, […]

3 Ways to Help Anxious Kids Sleep

Dr. Stanley Coren has written a book on sleep deprivation, Sleep Thieves, and says his research shows that “for each hour under eight hours of sleep, you lose one point in IQ. And for every hour below seven you can lose two points of IQ.”  Since children are required 10-12 hours of sleep a night, if […]

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 is useful in […]

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 […]

The Social Roller Coaster of 3rd Grade

Third grade is when the social structures for children start falling into place.  Up until 3rd grade, kids may not know if they are popular or not or why they didn’t get invited to the birthday party that everyone else got invited to.  Third grade brings about a shift and suddenly kids begin seeing the […]

The 2 Types of Anxiety

Anxiety can be broken down into 2 categories:  Relational Anxiety and Object-Oriented Anxiety.  Relational Anxiety is anxiety focused around people whereas Object-Oriented Anxiety  is anxiety focused around things and/or events. Think of it this way, if two anxious people have to drive through a rainstorm to give a speech the one with Object-Oriented Anxiety will […]

Why Options Aren't Good for Kids Having Social Problems

“Why don’t you invite someone over this weekend?” is something parents often say to encourage their kids to be more social.  While this may seem like a great way to encourage children to take risks socially, it often ends up going south.  Kids don’t end up asking anyone over.  They become defensive.  They make excuses.  […]