Emotional Regulation

Heart Broadcasting Station: Listen To Your Love Song and Send It Out For Others To Hear!

When we remember to follow our hearts, we become more authentic, more joyful and sometimes spontaneously creative and energetic. Research from Heartmath, (www.heartmath.org), shows that our hearts are in fact a lot like a broadcast station.  When electrodes are placed on the body to measure heart rhythms, the electrical voltage measured is about 60 times …

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How To Train Your Child’s Anger Dragon

Knowing how to support your child with his anger can be challenging at times. Even as adults it’s hard to tame our anger dragons.  Helping our kids learn how to deal with anger to transform it into healthy expression and to avoid violence or manipulation is a tool that will benefit them their entire life. …

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Mind Pirates First Step: FIND THEM!

I don’t know how to slow it down, my mind’s racing from chasing pirates. . . the silliest things flap around in my brain, impossible schemes swim around. –Nora Jones song, Chasing Pirates I can so identify with Nora Jones as she belts out….”and I don’t know how to slow it down.”  In fact I …

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Relaxation Activity: Fly Like A Bird

The Chinese practice of Qigong coordinates the flowing, fluid movement of energy between the body, mind and breath.  It is so gentle and mindful!  This Fly Like A Bird activity is perfect for helping you and your child to align the mind and body for deep relaxation.  It also trains the body to move without …

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Glitter Jar

I love the glitter jar!  The school counselor, Michele Bourgeois, LCSW, at my school uses this in her groups.  She also created the gorgeous example in the picture!!!  Use this jar to begin relaxation practice.  It is a wonderful way for kids to have a visual focus while deep breathing.  Help your child learn to …

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Top 10 Things to AVOID if you want a CALM Kid

As a school psych, I hear it all the time, “I sure wish my kiddo could relax.  He is soooooo active, just bounces off the walls.  He just goes goes goes until he drops at night!”  And I hear myself repeating these things over and over to help shift the situation.  Here are the top …

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Children’s Intuition and Relaxation: The Direct Correlation

Children’s intuition and relaxation are directly correlated.  When one is increased, the other is also increased.  When we are relaxed and calm and feeling good, our intuition is naturally at it’s best.  We are able to connect to our inner knowing and problem-solving and creativity is enhanced.  Here are some activities that will help your …

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Surfing the Stress Wave

Starting back to school can produce waves of stress in children’s bodies and minds.  Showing them how to ride the stress wave without jumping into reactivity or impulsive actions based on strong feelings, is a golden skill that will support children throughout their life. STEP ONE:  So, I invite kids to pay attention to when …

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7 Benefits of “Special Place” Guided Imagery

When I was a little girl I had a favorite tree.  It was nestled deep in the forest behind my house.  It’s beautiful, massive, strong root system jetted straight out from the soil, creating a network of limbs over the creek below.  I would climb into those roots, sitting on my very own nature’s bench, …

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