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Archives for July, 2016

Death

Why I’m Looking Forward to Getting Old

Somehow, turning 45 (which happened just this past December) triggered what I can only call a "mid-life fear of death crisis."

For anyone who is just joining us here now, it probably won't surprise you to learn I blogged quite a bit about this issue last year.

While I have continued to ponder and reflect on my oddly cantankerous relationship with the reality of my own death, I haven't blogged...
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Child Anxiety

What is the Opposite of Anxiety?


I wanted so desperately to talk to Suchin and Lucky, the 8-year-old sons of my parents’ friends visiting us from India. But my anxiety, circular thinking, and “what-if” questions got the better of me. So, I stood in the corner of our living room pretending to be obsessed with a Lego castle I had constructed earlier that day.

My dad finally moseyed over and knelt down next to me. In his ever-gentle...
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Child Anxiety

37 Techniques to Calm an Anxious Child


Imagine, you are driving in the car. You look in the rearview mirror and see your child trying to shrink into her seat.

“What’s wrong?” you ask.

“I don’t want to go to the birthday party.”

“But you’ve been excited all week. There will be cake and games and a bounce house. You love all of those things,” you try to reason.

“But I can’t go. There will be lots of people there I...
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