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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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What is the key to managing stress for all of us? Recognizing and developing a sense of control. Kids especially live in world where they have little control. Just think about the many things in a typical day in the life of a child where they lack control: the school they attend, the class they…

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Is all stress bad? Kids who are too anxious to go to school. Kids who anticipate that something bad will happen to them. Kids who feel like they never measure up. There is no question that anxiety among children (and adults for that matter) is on the rise. When I first began school counseling over…

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Corona virus and kids

Kids and COVID-19 The world as we know it has changed. Schools are closed. Families are isolated at home and businesses are shut down. As parents and teachers we are all affected physically, emotionally and financially. While we would like to spare kids from the reality of the situation, it is not possible to protect…

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Kids and Anxiety I was recently talking with a teenager that I volunteer with at Mostly Mutts, a local shelter for dogs.  In the course of our conversation, she told me that she is home schooled because she “has anxiety.”  What does it mean when we think and talk about anxiety this way? When we…

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The Anxiety Epidemic There is no question that anxiety among children (and adults for that matter) is on the rise. When I first began school counseling over 20+ years ago it was rare to have a child referred for anxiety.  By the time I left the field five years ago, I was running a regular…

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