Tips to Help Kids with Back-To-School Anxiety
The start of the school year can be rough on some kids. It's a big shift from summer's freedom and lack of structure to the measured routines of school. And sometimes that can build up into tears, losing sleep, outbursts and other classic signs of anxiety.
Click HERE to read and learn details about putting these helpful tips into action for your child:
Find yourself guilty of over-parenting? It happens to the best of us even though we know how important
it is for our children to develop independence and resilience. We all want to protect our children from
harm and keep them safe. But when we overprotect and don’t allow our children to struggle, they miss
out on valuable opportunities to grow and develop life skills and confidence. Here are some helpful
articles on encouraging your child’s independence and resilience:
And, don’t forget later this month we are fortunate to have parenting expert Laura Markham
present at our Common Ground Speaker Series. She will offer helpful guidance to provide
empathy and clear communication to raise a self-disciplined child. More info: http://www.commongroundspeakerseries.org/speaker/laura-markham-phd/
Parents and schools need to work together to keep our children safe online and to teach them how to be respectful digital citizens in today’s complex world. Some advocates say the most important thing adults today can do for the next generation is to work in partnership with other parents and teachers to create a village of support when it comes to digital technology use. To that end, here are some links to help you and your child navigate all of this together safely and respectfully:
In this article, Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet, Erica Pelavin and Mia Freund Walker — parents, clinicians and educators who are principals in www.mydigitaltat2.com — help you understand your teens and tweens and talk to them about being kind online and offline.
Speaking of mydigitaltat2.org, this page has two worthwhile videos on digital citizenship as well as other links to helpful articles. http://www.mydigitaltat2.org/news.html
Like it or not, our screens aren’t going away. They are very much a part of our world today. You’re reading one now. But unlike our children, our brains have fully developed. There’s plenty of info out there on screen time’s effects on children. With the holidays approaching, it’s as good a time as ever to stay informed!
When was the last time you did nothing for 10 minutes?
Andy Puddicombe, founder of HeadSpace, gives an inspirational TED talk about the rejuvenating power of taking 10 mindful minutes each day.
Erik Peper, professor of Holistic Health at San Francisco State, is a world expert in the mind body connection. He often teaches and write about the ways in which mindful breathing can prevent and treat a variety of physiological and psychological disorders. Click here to learn more.