Dealing With School Anxiety

What happens when your child refuses to go to school? Or when they constantly experience stomach problems or headaches that keep them from going to school? Or when they spend more time at night crying or angry than doing homework? These are some of the most difficult scenarios a parent can deal with because there…

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How to Develop Good Habits

Developing bad habits seems to be one of the easiest things in life to do. You pick something up one day and the next its a habit. You constantly hear people talking about how they can’t quit smoking or biting their nails or eating junk food. All bad habits, all addicting in one way or…

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Becoming an Optimist

It is easy to say there are two types of people out there, pessimists and optimists. The reality is there is so much gray area in between. It is almost never possible to categorize people into just two distinct groups, there will always be some people that are in between. It is therefore easier to…

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When and How to Say No

Knowing when to say no to someone and then how to say no are two of the most difficult things we have to do when interacting with people. By nature, many of us are people pleasers. We want to help people as much as we can and we want to make people happy. This puts…

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Motivating the Unmotivated Child

One of the most frustrating things parents, teachers, or other adults deal with is helping an unmotivated child; seeing the potential or ability of a child that is refusing to use it. This can lead to power struggles, acting out from the child, and frustration or anger from the parent, all of which furthers nothing…

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Shy Verses Introvert

The terms introvert and extrovert are commonly used and its safe to say that most people know what they mean. There are never ending discussions about which is better and the pros and cons of both. Unfortunately, there are also many arguments because they just don’t understand each other. One common misconception is that shy…

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Stopping the “What Ifs?”

Everyone has moments where they worry about the what ifs. They are actually a necessary part of life and assist in the decision making process or motivating us to make better choices; however, sometimes they become overwhelming and can be indicative of a larger problem. They are a common symptoms of chronic worrying or anxiety.…

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Coping With the Loss of a Loved One

Grief comes in many forms. Each person copes with the loss of a loved one in a different way. The one constant is that it is never easy. You will experiences all kinds of emotions and at times it might feel like it will never get better. Then just when you think it is starting…

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The Benefits of Journaling

Journaling is the act of putting your thoughts into writing, usually in a specific place or notebook. This can be by pen and paper or electronically and privately or publicly. Most people don’t realize how powerful journaling can be. It can serve as a tool to keep you accountable, as an emotional support, as a…

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What to Say and Not Say to an Anxious Child

Children with anxiety love there parents just the same as other children. They look up to them, they listen to them, and they want to be able to trust what they tell them. Unfortunately, that anxiety makes it incredibly difficult to trust anyone other than the anxiety. Anxiety causes children to be on high alert…

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