Words Kids Use to Cope (Asset #37)

Children deal with confusing or painful situations by trying to make sense of them. Some of the words they use to understand difficult circumstances include “what if,” and “I wonder.” They will also use “should” and “could” to create order when they have little...

Dad’s Superpowers (Assets 2, 26, 17-19, 31, 35, 38-40)

As a young boy, the influence my dad had on me was unequaled. I can still picture him telling stories, playing with us, working hard to provide for us, laughing, and correcting us. He didn’t have just abilities – he had superpowers. Like moms, dads bring their own...

Helping Kids with their Anxious Feelings (Assets 10 & 40)

Anxious feelings are something all kids must learn to navigate. To help them, you should know that: Anxious feelings rely on how we interpret reality.They occur automatically and often unexpectedly.They can be created by experiences, biology, perceptions, and overall...

Back to School: Children and Friendships (Assets 3, 8, 9, & 15)

The new school year is upon us! While there is still uncertainty about what that might look like in the era of the coronavirus, many school districts throughout the country are discussing plans to reopen this fall. And with the coming school year, your child will have...

How Can I Get My Kids to Stop Fighting? (Assets 10, 26-31, 36 & 37)

Researchers report that families with young children are rife with sibling rivalry. Some studies report that conflicts can occur as frequently as every 10 minutes. That’s a lot of refereeing from parents every day. Why do siblings fight? Possible reasons include:...

Child Says He Wants to Die (Assets 2, 3, & 39)

What should I do when my 6‐year‐old son tells me he wishes he were dead? He said that today and I was so shocked I didn’t know what to say back. That statement would startle any parent! But one thing to remember is that for a 6‐year‐old, any number of things can lead...

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