News Archive — August 2019

Transitions: How to Lean In and Adjust to Change

Transitions ©BrianAJacksonAs summer draws to a close we all get that feeling, maybe a sinking feeling—the end of something. It can hit hard even if next week will look pretty much the same as last week. This summer my husband and I are transitioning into empty-nesting as our younger daughter settles into college. It feels like transition with a capital “T.” But no matter the size or circumstance, it helps to remember and trust that we all adjust to change, it’s in our DNA. Let’s trust that we’ll adjust, together.

 

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Handling College Homesickness

Homesickness MilkosFor families with kids starting college this month, mixed in with the excitement, there is likely a healthy dose of anxiety and homesickness. Wait, homesickness is healthy? Yes, it's a normal process as kids transition from the nest they are leaving to the nest they are creating in their new life. Here are some ideas for helping your student and yourself through these next few weeks of the matched sets of happy texts and tough texts, excited phone calls and free flowing tears, until they have settled in and everyone exhales and marvels as this wondrous stage of life takes shape.

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Back to School Cheat Sheet for Anxious Kids

Back to School AnxietyThe other day I got an email from a dedicated school counselor asking for tips to share with parents about the back to school anxieties that are keeping everyone up at night. Every August we get that uneasy transition-y feeling-- even if it's been decades since we had to gather our school supplies and get on the bus! Though most kids navigate these transitions well and settle into routines within a couple weeks, that doesn't mean there aren't some back to school worries and fears. Here are some ideas for parents and school personnel to help kids manage those worries, put them in their place, and have a great start to the school year. Here's to less worry all around!

 

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How to Talk to Kids in the Wake of Tragedy

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In the aftermath of tragedy it is hard for adults to cope and harder still to know what to say to kids to help them manage their emotions: fear, grief, and uncertainty. The Child Mind Institute has published an excellent guide for parents, medical professionals, mental health professionals, teachers, and clergy with printable pdf pages. Please share widely. Click here for more ideas. Thank you for your help in making the world a safer place for us all. 

 

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