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Shyness, Seeking a Professional, & Back to School

 

Note:  I’m on leave for the summer.  While I’m out, I’ll be reposting some of my more popular posts.  See you again in the Fall.

 Short post about going Back to School.  3 little tips…

When Should a Parent Seek Professional Help?  Sometimes, therapy is most helpful before problems get entrenched. 

Shyness and Your Child.  A three-part series, actually!  Shyness is so often misunderstood, these posts hope to prevent that.

Back to School

Welcome to “Back to School”–whether today is your first day back from the summer or just the long weekend. 

This is usually a busy time of year in my business, as the added stresses of school sometimes push kids past the “middle/green zone” and into the “red zone” of problems (whether that ends up being anxiety, behavior problems, etc.) 

But, I am reminded that even when kids & families are still within their ‘green zone,’ back-to-school is still a stressor.  Everywhere I look, I see more tears, more tantrums, more exasperated parents, more frustrated voices than usual. 

So, for today, this week, next week:  I encourage parents to really focus on:

  • getting enough sleep & healthy nutrition for YOU
  • okay, the kids, too  ;^)
  • carve out time to reconnect in a playful, loving way every day after school/work.  Go swimming if your pool is still open, go for a bike ride together, play with the dog in the backyard, wrestle on the floor together, or read a book together while cuddling. 

Have fun, pay attention to each other,  burn off a little energy, have fun, and reconnect.  And have fun.  :^)