In my work with families and children, I’ve seen kids (young and not so young) with anxiety and worry start to ramp up as soon as the October calendar appears. These children are thinking about real monsters, imaginary monsters, and yes the (Worry) Monster. Read more in “Banish the Boo and Conquer the (Worry) Monster!,” the October Parent Footprints column for Diablo Gazette (page 6).
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Worry and fear cause our children to feel bad, often cause parent-child conflict and stress, keep our children from fully experiencing life, and fully reaching their potential. Teaching kids about how fear and worry work in their bodies, and specific thinking and doing strategies to fight the Worry Monster, empowers them to take a stand against this bully. Read “10 Steps to Tame the Worry Monster,” in Dr. Dan’s latest Parent Footprints column for September in Diablo Gazette.
Here are some fun things kids can do to bring them back into the mind frame of reading, writing, learning, being curious, critically thinking, engaging in dialogue and just plain moving the body. Read “Back to School Brain Boosters,” in Dr. Dan’s latest Parent Footprints column for August in Diablo Gazette.