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Child Anxiety

5 Things Never to Say to an Anxious Child

I wanted to sleep with a bat under my pillow. It was plastic; nonetheless, it was a weapon. I was five years old, and I firmly believed that each night when I went to sleep, a robber would break into the house. I needed something to defend myself (and maybe my family), and my brother’s yellow Wiffle ball bat seemed ideal. Unfortunately, my parents never complied with my request.

They didn’t understand...
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Child Anxiety

A Mindful Minute: A Funny-Looking, But Powerful, Breathing Exercise for Kids


" are are you doing what I ew, are you Are you picking your nose? AAAAAAAH!"

This might be the reaction you get along with fits of giggles from kids learning a powerful, albeit funny-looking, ancient yogic breathing exercise. It's a great thing that kids find this technique fun(ny) as it encourages them to engage in mindful breathing.

What is it?


In Sanskrit, this technique is called Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (nadi = energy channel;...
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Child Anxiety

3 Ways to Respond to Your Anxious Child’s What-If Questions


"What if I don't get asked to the dance?"

"What if you run out of gas and can't pick me up from school?"

"What if we get robbed?"


"What [insert your child's anxious thought here]?"

If your child's anxious, it's likely they do something I like to call what-iffing. This is the tendency to ponder possible future scenarios and then worry about them excessively in the form of 'what if' questions. As a parent, you also worry...
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Child Anxiety

9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try


As all the kids line up to go to school, your son, Timmy, turns to you and says, "I don't want to take the bus. My stomach hurts. Please don't make me go." You cringe and think, Here we go again. What should be a simple morning routine explodes into a daunting challenge.

You look at Timmy and see genuine terror. You want to comfort him. You want to ease the excessive worry that's...
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