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Anger Management

50 Calm-Down Techniques to Try with Kids

Navigating childhood challenges can be stressful, and sometimes deep breathing isn't the solution that works for your child. When your child is in need of tension relief, try one of these techniques: Try an inversion. For centuries, Yogis have understood the calming power of bringing the head below the level of the heart, otherwise known as inversion. Whether it's relaxing in child's pose, bending over to touch your toes, or practicing a headstand, inverting the...
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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

When Your Anxious Child Rejects Your Help, Try This


The worry begins as a trickle in your son's (or daughter's) mind. It develops momentum and drops into his body causing his palms to sweat, heart to race, and tummy to ache. Finally, your child’s worry erupts:

“Mommy, what if I have a new teacher in school?”

“Daddy, what if I can’t find someone to play with?”

The words hit you. You, too, begin to worry both vicariously for him and about your ability to quell the worry. No...
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Child Anxiety

11 Superpowers of Highly Sensitive Children


So you’re a highly sensitive child—you’re affected by loud noises, you don’t love crowded places, you’re more likely to notice different scents, and you might even have very particular eating tendencies. You process information and your environment, including sound, sight, smell, touch, and taste more deeply than others. While it’s true that your nervous system is on high alert - and sometimes the world can feel too big, too loud, too mean, or...
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General

19 Ways Not to Say ‘No’ to Your Children

If you have ever seen an improv comedy show, you will notice one thing—improvisational actors rarely use the word "No" on stage. This is because "No" will stop the scene dead in its tracks, every single time.

Imagine there are two actors sharing a scene. The first actor says, “Whoa, there must be a zillion stars in the sky.”

The second actor replies, “No, I see none.” That’s it. The idea has...
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Child Anxiety

When Your Child’s Anxiety is Making You Anxious: Repeat These 22 Phrases


As parents, we have a natural tendency to reach out to our children when they are anxious, scared, or stressed. What none of us can anticipate is how our children's anxiety will cause us to feel anxious, helpless, hopeless, angry, or desperate. The next time your child is ridden with anxiety, repeat any of these phrases. You will be surprised that your child will likely mirror your reaction.

1. This too shall...
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Child Anxiety

4 Jedi Mind(fulness) Tricks to Help an Anxious Child

"The Force is what gives a Jedi his power," says Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker. "It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together."

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My favorite movies of all time come from the original Star Wars trilogy. Growing up, I often played with Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader action figures,...
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Child Anxiety

13 Tips to Support Your Socially Worried Child

Most kids can learn to manage social anxiety so they can connect happily with others, enter new groups, and speak up for themselves--they just need a little extra support. As parents, what can we do to help? Check out these 13 expert tips! This infographic was created in partnership between GoZen! Anxiety Relief for Children and Dr. Laura Markham, founder of
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