The 3 types of stress and how to cope

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In today’s post-Covid world, stress has become an everyday part of life, even for young children. In the excellent book, The Self-Driven Child by William Stixrud, Phd, and Ned Johnson, the authors write about the stress that kids experience. In fact, all stress is not equal.  Some stress can be useful or even helpful. The…

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The anxious child and an antidote to stress

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An Antidote to Being Stressed  Out Kids who are too anxious to go to school. Kids who worry that they will get sick. Kids who anticipate that something bad will happen to them. Kids who feel like they never measure up. We all experience stress in its many forms. Sonia Lupien at the Centre for Studies…

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3 ways to support shy kids

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How to Support Shy Kids Recently at an outdoor concert, I watched a self-assured young boy spot twin girls playing nearby, walk up to them and ask, “Can I play with you?” He was quickly assimilated into the group and soon the three of them were happily playing together although they were never formerly introduced…

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6 steps to take charge of test anxiety

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Conquering Test Anxiety is Possible As the school year winds down, anxiety ramps up.  There is anxiety over CoVid-19 and social distancing. There is anxiety over passing to the next grade and completing projects But most of all there is anxiety over testing. The best way to eliminate test anxiety, is to put testing in…

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Helping children overcome fear

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Three things we can teach kids about fear The child in my office was in tears.  Here was her story:  She was selected to give the pledge to the flag on the morning news station at school. This is a great honor and she was excited until the morning of the show, when  she suddenly…

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Anxiety, 3 Things Not to Say or Do

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Anxiety, 3 Things Not to Say or Do Before Covid-19, anxiety was on the rise, however, the pandemic has made for a significant increase. Currently, one in four children suffer from anxiety disorder. Of course, fear and worry have always been a normal part of childhood. It is a rare child that doesn’t at some…

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