If you’ve been looking for ways to help your kids manage their anger, look no further! This episode is jam-packed with tools designed to help your child recognize and manage their anger in a healthy way.
Our world is full of tragedies, natural disasters, and violence. It isn’t uncommon for these events to frighten our children or cause an increase in their anxiety. With so many such events occurring recently, we wanted to create a podcast that would coach parents through talking to kids about tragedies and helping them feel calm after they’ve occurred.
I learned so many new things recording this episode that will forever change how I handle tragedies with my kids.More
I have to admit that one of the things that’s been really tough for me is feeling a deep connection with my kids when they are misbehaving. Their misbehavior frustrates me and sometimes gets me to the point that even though I love them, I don’t like being around them.
A little while ago, marriage and family therapist, Jeff Tesch taught me about something called “Play Therapy”. Play therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective ways for a therapist to help a child heal from deep traumas. Additionally, a simplified version of it can be used at home to connect with ANY child, which leads to improved behavior, and has the added perk of improving a child’s ability to concentrate for longer periods of time!
In today’s episode, Jeff Tesch, LMFT teaches ALL OF US how to use play therapy in our own homes. I have been using it for the last couple of weeks and have been amazed at the results. I have seen improved behavior, I have felt deeply connected to my kids, I have genuinely loved being around them, and so much more. Now, whenever a child’s behavior seems to start regressing, I take some time to do this “at home play therapy” with them and I see results really quickly. It’s been a game changer.
Here’s the deal. We all need some help calming down from time to time (or often). We learned in last week’s episode on anxiety that some basic breathing techniques can calm the body and communicate to the brain that you are OK.
I asked Mike Fitch, CMHC to do a special BONUS episode designed to teach simple breathing techniques to help us calm down. My favorite part? They only take five minutes a day!
These techniques are for everyone.
Could my child have anxiety? This is a question many parents of sassy, spirited, and strong-willed children may have.
In today’s episode we learn what anxiety is, how it effects your child’s behavior, and some exercises for calming the anxious child (or anxious adult).
I was surprised to learn that much of my child’s behavior stems from his anxieties and I am excited to start using the new tools Mike Fitch, CMHC teaches.
On my side of the family, we only have kids that are sassy, spirited and strong-willed (it may have something to do with the fact that 5 out of the 6 grand kids are adopted). One of the things that has been most surprising for me is how much emotion these kids have! When they are happy, they are intensely happy. When they are upset, they are intensely upset!
Watching these kids get so upset has been hard for me. I keep drawing a blank on how to help them and just find myself repeating “calm down” over and over again.
That’s why I am so jazzed about today’s episode! Mike Fitch, CMHC gives calming techniques that are specific to your child. By the end of the episode, you will know how to create an “emotional emergency kit” for your kids. (Bonus: these techniques are great for parents, too. Kids aren’t the only ones with big emotions.)