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8 Ways to Lean into Negative Thoughts for Kids

"Don't worry, be happy."

"Big kids don't cry."

"Fake it until you make it."

From a young age, we are taught to deal with our negative thoughts and emotions by quashing them or transforming them into something more positive. Unfortunately, much of this effort results in the avoidance of difficult feelings. When we try to avoid a natural part of the human condition (, sadness, hurt, jealousy, anger etc.), it does not make these feelings go away. Instead, we miss the messages...
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Attachment Theory

Unmasking a Narcissist: 5 Red Flags

I usually resist writing about narcissism since it’s The Little Black Dress of self-help these days; judging from Google, pretty much everyone is either a narcissist or has been caught in a snare set by one. That said, dealing with someone who behaves like a narcissist—let’s leave the diagnosis to the pros—especially if you’ve been intimate with him, closely connected, or married to him is a harrowing and damaging...
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Child Anxiety

49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child

It happens to every child in one form or another - anxiety. As parents, we would like to shield our children from life's anxious moments, but navigating anxiety is an essential life skill that will serve them in the years to come. In the heat of the moment, try these simple phrases to help your children identify, accept, and work through their anxious moments.

1. "Can you draw it?"

Drawing, painting or doodling about an anxiety provides kids with...
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Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Traumatic Bonding: 9 Signs You Are Bonded To The Abuser

Photo Credit: Global Panorama

Abuse. What does that word mean to you? After giving a presentation at a conference, in 2014, of parents and families who have lived through years of abuse, I recognized that not many people understood the full definition of abuse. Some families either minimized the term (made the term sound better than it should sound) or magnified the term (made it sound much worse than...
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