Monday, August 19, 2013

Helping Your Kids Through Emotional Times

School is about to start here, which can be a really exciting time.  It can also be a time of anxiety, exhaustion, and sensitivity as our kiddos re-adjust to schedules, friends, demands, and more.  I know that each of my kids handles these things differently, and sometimes it is tricky to know how to help.

I was introduced to these books by Dawn Huebner this summer by a friend of mine who is a family therapist and they are AWESOME.  I just wanted to pass on the recommendation, because we are really getting some great mileage out of these right now!

We bought "What to Do When You Grumble Too Much", which deals with negativity, "What To Do When You Worry Too Much", which covers anxiety, and "What To Do When Your Temper Flares", which is fairly self-explanatory.  These and a few more are available at Amazon.  Love, love, love them!

What I like the most is that they are based largely on practical application.  So many times, when our kids are struggling with issues such as these, we are REALLY good at telling them what NOT to do: "Don't hit your brother", "No screaming in the house", "Just relax", and other advice that usually doesn't get us very far.  These books talk about what TO do, and they do it in a way that kids will understand.  I've been reading these at night with my younger boys and we've had some great discussions.  It's also good to go over the info with the rest of the family.  Even if the parents or siblings are not struggling with anxiety or temper issues, having the tools and vocabulary to help a family member that is having a hard time can be valuable beyond measure.

Hope you are all enjoying to the fullest either the waning days of summer, or the exciting start of a brand new school year!

1 comment:

  1. We used the worry too much one a few years ago with one of my kids and it was great. I think I need to get the grumble too much one now...there is a lot of that going on around here, especially at chore/piano time.