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Helping Kids CopeChildren face all sorts of stressful situations.  And that is a GOOD thing.  Those difficult adjustments give us a chance to teach valuable coping skills that will last a lifetime.  Children can develop a sense of competence and mastery of their world by learning how to handle change effectively.  And, as parents, YOU can help them do that.  It’s never easy to see your child suffer.  Here are some of our most popular resources all designed to give you the tools you need to ease that suffering and grow healthy well-adjusted children.

Children’s Stress: A Guide for Parents

Any change to a families normal routine can lead to some stress for children as well as their parents.  This information-packed article talks t about stress and children – a kind of “primer” for parents on what to look for, when to act, and what to do to help children learn to manage stress well.  Learning how to identify and manage emotions is a valuable and important social-emotional skill. This is one of those skills your children start to master NOW and reap the benefits for a lifetime. You will also want to grab our free guide to Teaching Kids about Stress.

Coping with Strong Emotions… through Art

Anger that feels like it will explode out of you.  Fear so strong you can’t breathe.  Sadness that feels like it has no end. Strong emotions are challenging even for the most well-adjusted adult to handle.  So much more so for kids!  But we can help. Learn how to use art to help kids cope with all those tough feeling

Weathering the Storms of Life: Helping Kids cope with Disasters

Disasters happen.   And, we all have to learn how to cope with the storms of life – both real and emotional. As parents, we have an extra burden – how do we keep our kids safe and well-adjusted if disaster strikes.  There are specific steps you can take before, during, and after an emergency that will help your children cope now and prepare them to cope better in the future. This article is chock-full of advice and resources to help you help them. Be sure to check out the printable plans, activities and handouts included!

Dealing with the Death of a Pet

Childhood and pets are made to go together and kids learn a lot from the relationship they form with the family pet. There a proven developmental benefits  including an understanding of responsibility, interpersonal interactions,  and communication. And, the death of a family pet is often a child’s first encounter with loss. Parents often face a double challenge: first soothing the grief  over the loss of this faithful friend; and then trying to explain the concept of death.   Here are some tips to help you teach your child about death.

School Transitions

 All transitions are stressful and, for families with young children, back-to-school time can be particularly difficult.  Gone are the easy-breezy days of beach trips, picnic lunches, and lazy pj-clad mornings.  In their place you have car pools, early morning wake-up calls, and daily homework.  This transition period is even more difficult when children aren’t so thrilled with the prospect of returning to school.  

In this 3-part series we deal with Back to School Jitters, Returning to the Routine, and Traditions to help the Transition.  Be sure to check out some of the great printable resources on this topic including:

Summer Transitions

As a therapist, I see lots of frazzled parents and stressed out kiddies in the summertime.   As parents we want our children to be happy and content.  We also want them to grow into responsible, well-adjusted adults who understand that life isn’t always about fun.  We want to provide an environment rich with opportunities for  our kids to learn and practice valuable life skills.  And, we would really like to keep our OWN sanity as well. Here are some tools to help you and your kids stay busy, relaxed, and growing this summer. Be sure to check out Part 2 for even more fun ideas

Coping with Camp

Going to summer camp is a quintessential childhood activity.  And, camp is good for kids.   Camp is a perfect place to help children optimize their psychosocial development. It is at camp that children get the experiences they need to boost their coping strategies. That’s because camps challenge kids A good camp experience will challenge children and will help them build a strong, resilient self-image.  Help kids minimize pre-camp anxiety and maximize the camp experience with these tips.

Kids, Confidence, and Literacy

Learning issues can be a real challenge for kids.  Difficulty in the classroom can have wide-ranging impact on a child’s life.  Get some  tips f designed to help foster resilience and confidence in children who struggle in the classroom.  Don’t be fooled though – these tips are great advice for EVERY parent.  

Children and Divorce: Minimizing the Trauma

One of the most challenging parts of my job  is trying to help parents manage a separation without inflicting more harm than necessary on their children.  Divorce is, of course, ALWAYS tough on families.  It’s tough on the separating couple.  It’s tough on the kids.  Unfortunately it is also a fact of life for many people today.  This article provides some tips to help minimize the trauma for everyone involved.  


 Other Favorite Resources for Helping Kids Cope

Cool Down and Work Through Anger (Learning to Get Along)

No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-Of-Control Behavior

The Berenstain Bears Go to School (First Time Books(R))

The Berenstain Bears in the Dark (First Time Books)

Grief is Like a Snowflake

The Invisible String

You’ve Got Dragons

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