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How to Empower Your Child to Deal With School Anxiety
School anxiety is awful for children and heartwrenching for parents. It’s so common, but it doesn’t always look the same. Sometimes it will dress itself up as illness (headaches, tummy aches), sometimes as a tantrum or fierce defiance, and sometimes it looks exactly as you would expect.

How to teach a child to reset after a bad day (without fixing their problems for them)
Parents are taking so much responsibility for their children’s mood and spirit that it feels like it’s your job to reset as soon as possible. It deprives them of the opportunity to be crabby and cross when they finish school or at the end of a day of camp.” In other words, when we try to fix everything for our children, they don’t learn how to work through their problems.

How to Help Teenage Girls Reframe Anxiety and Strengthen Resilience
Anxiety is a normal and healthy function, according to Damour, and much of the anxiety that teenagers express is a sign that they are aware of their surroundings, mindful of their growing responsibilities, and frightened of things that are, in fact, scary. Adults can make a difference simply by “reassuring them that, a great deal of time, stress is just operating as a friend and ally to them.”

"Childhood anxiety can feel all-consuming, but it can be managed, and managed in a way that helps children build resilience. When kids learn how to spot their own symptoms and cope with them independently, they take control."

This daily gratitude routine can train your brain to be happier
"Science shows we can train ourselves to experience thankfulness more often simply by paying attention to our lives differently."

How to Raise Successful Kids Without Overparenting
Former Stanford dean Julie Lythcott-Haims encourages parents to stop defining their children's success via grades and test scores and instead focus on developing self-efficacy.


School Refusal: What It Means When Kids Won’t Do Schoolwork