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Saturday, February 22, 2020
What Advice Do You Have for Parents of Kids With OCD?

What Advice Do You Have for Parents of Kids With OCD?

Photo: ShutterstockLast week, I wrote about a resource for parents of children with autism—a book that outlines parenting advice from adults who also have autism. It struck me as such an important concept that we can often overlook when our children receive a diagnosis or struggle in a way that is personally unfamiliar to us;…
What to Do If Your Young Child Talks about Suicide

What to Do If Your Young Child Talks about Suicide

Photo: ShutterstockI came across an advice column in The Guardian recently that weighed on my heart. A mother wrote in to ask for advice because her 10-year-old son had been talking about how nobody cared about him, he wished he’d never been born and his life wasn’t worth living. He had also, she said, mentioned…
How to Challenge Your Highly Sensitive Child

How to Challenge Your Highly Sensitive Child

Photo: ShutterstockAs one pediatrician and author says, some kids are like dandelions. They’re fairly resilient, able to cope with stress, change and adversity. And others are like more like orchids; they’re more sensitive, seeming to feel things more deeply or struggle with change or the unexpected. If you’re the parent to one of these orchids—also…
What to Do If You Believe Your Kid Has a Tic Condition

What to Do If You Believe Your Kid Has a Tic...

My nine-year-old’s record for clearing her throat is 33 times in one minute. I counted. It’s a noise so distracting sometimes you can’t really do anything else but count how many times it happens. This has been happening, off and on, since she was six. At first, my wife and I thought it was allergies…
Why Protecting Your Kid’s Down Time Is So Essential

Why Protecting Your Kid’s Down Time Is So Essential

Photo: Shutterstock We know that kids are over-scheduled and over-worked. We know they have less down time, less time to be bored and less time to play than we did as kids. But what we may not have realized is that all the pressure on students—particularly those in “high-achieving” schools—is causing higher rates of anxiety,…
Reduce Stress And Anxiety Around Preschool Drop-Off With a Gown Wedding Rehearsal

Reduce Stress And Anxiety Around Preschool Drop-Off With a Gown Wedding...

Photo: Shutterstock We know what we’re supposed to do at preschool drop-off. Leave them at the door (don’t enter the classroom!), give a swift and cheery goodbye (“Have a great time! I’ll be back to pick you up in a few hours!”), and leave. Even if they’re crying, every preschool teacher will tell you, you…
What took place when I took CBD for a week to aid with my stress and anxiety

What took place when I took CBD for a week to...

Following is a transcript of the video. Steven Phan: You gotta lean back. No, tongue back! Benji Jones: That's me, trying CBD at a shop in New York City. Lately, I've seen this stuff everywhere: At the local health food store, but also at Urban Outfitters, Sephora, and CBD shops like this one. And if…
How to Turn Your Kid’s Stress and anxiety Into Enjoyment

How to Turn Your Kid’s Stress and anxiety Into Enjoyment

Photo: frank mckenna (Unsplash) Last night, as I was laying down with my six-year-old daughter Maggie in her bed, she said to me, “I wish this week would never end.” I was trying to think of what was special about the past few days when she continued: “Next week, I’m moving up to a new…
Assist Your Nervous Kid Get Ready For an Occasion With Youtube Videos

Assist Your Nervous Kid Get Ready For an Occasion With Youtube...

Screenshot: YouTube Once, I saw my husband showing our daughter some YouTube videos of the rides at a local theme park. These were not the new wild rides, but the slow kiddie ones. He pointed out the details. “See, you drive around in a loop,” he said. She stared at the screen intently. Later, when…
Confirm Your Teenager’s Outbursts as You Would a Young child’s

Confirm Your Teenager’s Outbursts as You Would a Young child’s

Parents learn pretty early on that overreacting to a child’s negative experience can make things worse. That’s why when they fall and skin their knee as toddlers, we keep the expression on our faces neutral and say, “It’s okay! You’re okay!” We are their barometer for how bad things are, and when they see that…

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