feelings

Do your kids push your buttons?

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Do your kids know how to create drama? Does it seem like your kids just naturally know how to push you buttons? Do they know that nothing makes you more crazy than… waiting until the last minute to do a project, leaving toys out where you trip over them begging you for candy while you are…

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Teaching Kids How to Handle Emotions

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How to Teach Kids about Emotions Just as children need to learn their colors, letters and numbers, they also need to learn how to identify and express their emotions.  Parents and educators often focus on the former and ignore the latter. How often do you hear an adult quizzing a children  on colors or recognizing…

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how to keep your cool when your child is losing theirs

Very upset girl

The One Secret Technique that Works There will be moments… Maybe it will seem more like days… When your child is going to get upset. It’s tough to see our children upset and hurting.  Sometimes it even triggers memories of times when we felt the same way.  (Like when you were their age and felt like everyone…

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Teaching kids to manage negative feelings

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Kids and Self Talk A typical classroom lesson on recognizing feelings is useful and gives kids a common language for expressing their feelings.  However, it is a basic lesson and doesn’t really cover all the bases in helping kids manage feelings, especially negative ones.   What can we teach the child who needs anger management strategies or…

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teaching kids about feelings

Happy girl

Body Language and Feelings A standard lesson that I taught every year as an elementary school counselor was recognizing feelings. It was a fun lesson. I’d bring in large cut outs of children showing mad, sad, happy or scared feelings and ask kids to guess how the child was feeling. We’d talk about body language and how…

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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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