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Teach Your Kid More ‘Sad’ and ‘Mad’ Words

Teach Your Kid More ‘Sad’ and ‘Mad’ Words

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Photo: Jennifer A Smith (Getty Images) As adults, we often tell kids who are visibly upset to “use your words,” but what if they don’t have enough of them to choose from? Lisa Feldman Barrett, a psychologist at Northeastern University and author of How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain, studies “emotional…
Moms and dads: Are You Depressed or Simply Exhausted?

Moms and dads: Are You Depressed or Simply Exhausted?

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Photo: Aneta Pucia / EyeEm (Getty Images) Pre-motherhood, I was never prone to depression (anxiety is more my jam). But there have been several times since becoming a parent that I have wondered: Am I depressed? Days when I’ve wanted to get back into bed after school drop-off or weekends when I’ve secretly wished that…
Let’s Stop Calling Kids ‘Shy’

Let’s Stop Calling Kids ‘Shy’

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Photo: Pixabay (Nappy.co) I grew up thinking I was shy. It was an easy conclusion to draw because whenever I’d be in a situation where I felt uncomfortable—particularly when I was expected to interact with someone I hardly knew—someone inevitably would say, “Ohhhh, she’s shy.” Or, worse, they’d directly ask me, “Are you shy??” (Pro-tip:…
Relieve Your Kid’s Stress and anxiety With a ‘Worry Eater’

Relieve Your Kid’s Stress and anxiety With a ‘Worry Eater’

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Image: Haywire Group If you have a child who struggles with anxiety, consider getting them a stuffed animal that will eat their worries away. “Worry Eaters” are a modern, monster-y twist on Guatemalan worry dolls, to which children confide their worries before placing them under their pillows at night. Guatemalan worry dolls, it is said,…
Wish To Raise Empathetic Children? Program ‘Em How it’s Done

Wish To Raise Empathetic Children? Program ‘Em How it’s Done

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My son asked me last night what I was going to be writing about today. I’d just been reading this piece in the New York Times about how parents can raise empathetic children, and it had struck a chord with me. As a parent, I desperately want to raise my son to be the sort…
Let Your Kids See Your Unfavorable Feelings

Let Your Kids See Your Unfavorable Feelings

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It’s been well-documented that fighting excessively in front of the kids isn’t a good idea—it’s not only emotionally distressing for them, it can impact the way they process emotions and how they build relationships in the future. But that doesn’t mean you should suppress all your negative emotions in front of them, according to a…

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