girl in bed

Stress Free Morning Routines Mom, where’s my lunch money? I can’t find my backpack! What happened to my homework?  If the dog didn’t eat it who did? Get in the car… Get.  in.  the.  CAR! Did the school bus just go by? It’s back to school here in Georgia. While Covid-19 has dramatically changed much…

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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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kids on playground

Prepare the child for the path; not the path for the child.  (author unknown) Our current environment where many parents are sheltering at home with their families and working remotely at the same time is a stressful time for all. One of the unseen benefits however, may be the many lessons children learn about the…

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Child drawing on the easel.

How can you help a perfectionist child? Is your child a perfectionist? Do they put more pressure on themselves to succeed than you do? Does he become hysterical when he misses one question on a test or doesn’t make the highest grade? Does she collapse into tears when she strikes out at bat or misses…

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father and son building

Connection with Kids In her book, The Good News about Bad Behavior, the author, Kathryn Lewis, identifies three steps that are taught in the Parent Encouragement Program. The first step is connection. Research has consistently shown that babies and children need connection.  Connection can mean physical touch.  It can mean creating emotional rapport through conversation.…

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