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5 Activities That Help To Reduce Anxiety

Remember when you were a child? What got you excited? What did you worry about? Was it the first day of school, an exam, or Christmas? Events and expectations can be exciting or frightening depending on how you perceive them. In essence, how we decide to think and feel determines our emotional state. So is there a way we can productively manage our thoughts?

Note: For those of you who missed it, this is an article I wrote for the Winter supplement of "Kids Connection" in the Kelowna Daily Courier.

Fortunately, managing our thinking is a skill that... read more

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5 Ways Laughter Can Improve Your Health

 

A few years ago, I took a standup comedy course that was quite fascinating. Our homework included analyzing each day to discover what was humorous about it. Some days it was easy and other days it was hard but just having to do this exercise led to a habit of not taking life so seriously. It was great!

When the course finished, I started to slowly forget to look at life with humor. I mean, life got busy and other things began to take priority. So I recently decided to remind myself by creating a “Laughter Journal.”... read more

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5 Ways Play Can Benefit A Child

 

In our previous blog post, we discussed how anxiety and depression can set the stage for bullying. One simple solution could be "play." Here is an excerpt from author Peter Gray, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology (emeritus) at Boston College who lists 5 ways in which "play" can help a child reduce anxiety and depression.

1. Play gives children a chance to find and develop a connection to their own self-identified and self-guided interests. 

2. It is through play that children first learn how to make decisions, solve problems, exert self control, and follow rules. 

3. Children learn to... read more

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How Can I Help My Child Deal With Their Stress?

 

In our last blog post, we discussed how to determine if your child is stressed. Today we would like to highlight the 5 steps that Pediatrician Michelle L. Bailey has outlined to help empower children dealing with stress.

1.     Normalize stress - It is important to let your child know that stress is a normal part of life, and that they are not abnormal for feeling the way they do

2.     Remember that stress is one-sided - In other words, stress is relative. Children will deal with stress differently... read more

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How Can I Encourage My Child to Write?

 

 

 

Author, educator and literacy expert Pam Allyn says, “writing helps to cultivate emotional growth, develop critical thinking skills and improve school performance”. Being able to freely express yourself is something all children should experience. Allyn outlines 5 keys that parents can reference when encouraging their child to start writing. They are as follows…

1.     Word Power

Children learn new words very quickly. Encourage this by talking about new words you hear in a song, making an effort to write down new words you hear, or make a word jar and place... read more

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Childhood Anxiety On The Rise

Childhood anxiety is undoubtedly on the rise, but it is unsettling to note that recent statistics have indicated that 5%-20% of children suffer from this condition (NDNR, 2008). But what exactly is anxiety? Medically speaking, anxiety is an internal mental state of concern, apprehension, and uneasiness. Young children may experience anxiety regarding a number of experiences, including toilet training, the first day of school, moving, or meeting a friend for the first time. A major contributor to childhood anxiety, however, is when the child’s life lacks structure, boundaries and is unscheduled (NDNR, 2008). Homeschooling offers an option. It allows... read more

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