Look for the Helpers

Look for the Helpers

Years ago, Fred Rogers gave sage advice for kids when they see scary news—Look for the Helpers. He said, “When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are...
Worry Monster Book Now In Spanish!

Worry Monster Book Now In Spanish!

Because Spanish-speaking kids also have worries, Shrinking the Worry Monster, A Kid’s Guide for Saying Goodbye to Worries has been translated into Spanish! This seems especially timely as a U.S. Task Force on Children’s Mental Health just recommended...
Worry Time, Another Clever Strategy That Works

Worry Time, Another Clever Strategy That Works

Childhood worry seems to be rising as rapidly as COVID-19 cases. More and more children are having trouble sleeping, complaining about their fears, not doing well in school, and showing physical symptoms. Does this sound like your child? What if you have you tried...
Two Amazing Ways to Interview With Grandchildren

Two Amazing Ways to Interview With Grandchildren

Grandparents, do you know your grandchildren’s favorite color, closest friend, or their very favorite activity? Do you know what brings them joy, sorrow, or worry? Most grandparents would say they want to know more about their grandchildren, but they often find...
How to Manage Covid-19 Anxiety

How to Manage Covid-19 Anxiety

My friend and former mentor, Laura Kastner, PhD, wrote a very timely article for Seattle’s Parent Map. She describes three phases in our adjustment to Covid-19 anxiety: SPUR, LURCH, and COPE. SPUR The SPUR phase includes shock, protest, understand, and respond....

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