Could Your Child Have Anxiety? Watch For These Key Signs

6 Childhood Anxiety alerts to help you identify what’s worrying your child.

Why is it so difficult to calm your child’s inner alarm? What will soothe her sense of impending doom?

You can see that your child is sad, afraid. Whatever is happening is more than moodiness and deeper than typical childhood fear. Words like “fidgety,” “tense,” “high strung,” or “timid” are fast becoming markers of your son or daughter’s childhood.

You realize that something serious is going on.

Is This a Case of Childhood Anxiety?

Childhood anxiety has an appropriate place in the lives of children, just as it does for adults. When there is real danger, your child’s body needs to activate important inner resources. Her internal alarm communicates to the rest of the body that a reaction is needed. A flood of anxiety, at the appropriate time, […]

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Are You Raising Kind Kids?

This week LaunchPad Counseling  was quoted on cafemom.com  in an article called 5 Ways to Raise Kind Kids.  The reporter contacted me a few days before the blog article came out, and asked for suggestions for parents. I gave her a list of about five things, of which she used two in her article. So, I thought I would share all five suggestions for raising kind kids here.

Kindness is often talked about as something that is going extinct, something rare. Not often do parents mention it as a top priority in their childrearing. Being respectful, smart, of good morals… those are more common. Most parents want their children to “become someone” and be happy. Of course, all these goals are important. But the fact that people are interested in raising kind children motivates […]

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Telling Children About Divorce (Part 1)

Telling children about divorce may be the hardest conversation you’ve ever had, in a long series of really hard conversations. Once you and your spouse have made the difficult decision to divorce, you’re faced with telling the other people who will be most affected – your kids.

Telling your children about the divorce

Following are the first 5 of 10 suggestions for getting through this difficult conversation as gently as possible.

Tell them together

In this scary time, your kids need to see their parents as a united team, working together to get through the rough times. If you can’t contemplate sitting down together with the kids for a civil discussion, bring in a third party – a family therapist is a good choice – to guide the conversation and ensure that […]

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Telling Children About Divorce (Part 2)

In Getting Divorced? How to Tell Children About Divorce Part I, I listed the first five suggestions for telling children about divorce. In Part II, I will share with you another five suggestions that will help your children process the upcoming changes in the most healthy way possible.

Telling Children About Divorce

Following are some more suggestions for getting through this difficult conversation as gently as possible:

Listen

Your children will have a lot of feelings about your announcement, and expressing those feelings will help them cope. Listen to what they have to say and try to understand what concerns lie behind the words. It may not be easy to hear, but this is valuable information for you as you move your family in a new direction.

Provide a sense of control

Your children have to come to terms […]

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Want To Put An End To Bullying?

A mother told me she felt powerless over how her son was being bullied in school. The boy felt too ashamed to give her details, but she knew what was going on. She didn’t think she had enough information to speak to the teacher, but she was determined to do something to end the bullying. We problem solved and came up with a few ideas.

This mother found new motivation and was going to call the school the next day. I didn’t want to keep these strategies to myself if they could be helpful for someone else. Shouldn’t more people know about it?

So I decided to write a blog, which was published by my friends at www.goodtherapy.org . It’s titled 8 Surefire Ways To Help Your Child Overcome Bullying height=”300″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”], and deals mostly […]

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Parenting Isn’t Easy: A Parent Coach Can Help

Partnering with a parent coach to become the best parent possible is a great plan.

You have a stack of parenting books, dog-eared and bookmarked, crowding your bedside table. But you need help now. Your head is full of your loved ones’ good intentions and hand-me-down childrearing advice. But it doesn’t seem to fit your family.

You’re feeling pressured and stressed, your parental confidence is lagging. But you don’t know what to do differently. You don’t need something vague, or generalized. You need something that will specifically address your personal concerns.

A Parent Coach helps you identify trouble spots and challenges.

You may not even know where to start. A parent coach listens closely and asks questions to help you nail down key issues. You have the chance to examine and eliminate the barriers that keep your […]

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