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The Secret about overly anxious children (Hint: It’s not about letting them get everything out)

The Secret about overly anxious children (Hint: It’s not about letting them get everything out)

In my blog post 3 Steps to Get Your Child to Talk About Difficult Things, we looked at ways to help your child express himself when he doesn‘t like to talk much. What about a child who talks too much? Perhaps this is a child who worries a lot and needs constant reassurance and a way to express his worries? He will calculate all the different possibilities of something going wrong and always ask “but what if…” In the book…

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A Parenting Lesson I Learned From My Snowboard Teacher

A Parenting Lesson I Learned From My Snowboard Teacher

So my last blog post came out May 30th and I feel like it’s time for some new content. I thought about the purpose of my blog and it is really twofold. On the one hand, I want to bring your child’s world closer to you, so that you can get a better understanding of your child, and on the other hand, I want you be more self-aware when it comes to your parenting in order for you to be…

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Conflicting Principles

Conflicting Principles

The other day a parent dropped their child off for a session at the child center where I work. My job is to help children to feel calmer and better about themselves. But this parent was behind on their payments. The center has a strict policy: if a parent owes money, we aren’t allowed to accept the child. If we do, we won’t get paid for the session. So I had a decision to make. Should I turn away a…

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A Letter To Mom And Dad About The Pre- Pesach Stress

A Letter To Mom And Dad About The Pre- Pesach Stress

Dear Mom and Dad, I’m writing to you because I’m worried about getting ready for Pesach and I don’t know how to talk to you about it. Even though I’m in fourth grade, you know that school is still really hard for me. There is so much going on there. Kids are running around, screaming, bumping, and pushing each other. All the noise and motion make me pretty stressed out and sometimes I need space just to calm down. When…

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Bouncing Back After A Stressful Event

Bouncing Back After A Stressful Event

Bouncing Back after a Stressful Situation You are taking your family out to eat at a restaurant and as you sit down you notice a young lady sitting on the chair behind you looking very pale and not herself. Her friend has called an ambulance and the staff look unsure about how to help her and deal with the situation. Your children see the scene, look the paramedics and start to get scared. You feel nervous as well, not sure…

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3 Steps To Help Your Child Talk About Difficult Things

3 Steps To Help Your Child Talk About Difficult Things

Your 10 year old comes home from school in a bad mood. He slams the front door, throws his coat and schoolbag on the floor, grabs a book or the paper, and slumps on the couch without uttering a word. You see that he obviously had a tough day and are wondering what is going on with him. You try to greet him warmly – overlooking the mess – but he just ignores you. As soon as one of his…

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