Parenting an Anxious Child Through a Divorce

Many children have anxiety that gets in the way of everyday functioning, and some of those children have parents who will divorce.  While all kids will face problems during a divorce, these issues can be even worse for children already struggling with anxiety, and these issues can mark a particularly critical point in a child’s emotional and social development.

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Holiday Tips for Anxious Kids

Holidays are considered a time for cheer, celebration, and relaxation, but they also involve a lot of change in routine and new situations.  This can be particularly hard for children with anxiety, making it difficult for them to feel comfortable and fully enjoy themselves.  To better prepare for the holiday season, we’ve included some tips for youth with anxiety below:

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Coming From a Place of Care

As the school year progresses, you may notice your child’s assignments getting larger or more complex. Exams and projects can add to your student’s workload and make life more stressful in ways that affect the whole family. All children experience challenges with certain assignments, but if you notice a pattern of frustration or stress related to homework on a regular basis, it might be time to check in with your child.

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Navigating new school year fears

As the school year rolls back around, you may notice your child expressing reluctance in returning to school. Not to worry, this protest is very normal. In fact, up to 25% of school-age children typically express some sort of school resistance. Often the issues are minor, but for a small fraction of students something more serious may be going on.

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When Doing Their Best Gets in Your Child’s Way

Parents know how hard it is to get kids to do their homework. We struggle, giving them a w-i-d-e berth for autonomy, while resisting the urge to make them just sit down and get it done. (As if someone could make a kid do anything they don’t want to do!) It’s a balancing act many of us struggle with and often feel we fail at.

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Strengthening Parenting Builds Family Resilience

Supportive relationships create a foundation of resilience for all members of a family. When working with children and families, I find it helpful to highlight that resilience is not the absence of stress or challenges, but rather a family’s capacity to adapt and thrive when stressful situations arise. 

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