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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

11 Superpowers of an Introverted Child

There are several myths about kids who are introverts:


They are nervous
They don’t like other people
They don’t want to be social
They are basically shy people

If you're an introvert, you are not anti-social, you just react to your environment differently than some kids. You are certainly not shy; in reality, there is a notable difference between introversion and shyness. Shyness manifests when you’re scared of being judged negatively. An introvert is...
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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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