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A Feel Better Book for Little Worriers

...do you feel troubled and perhaps a bit funny, like butterflies are fluttering around in your tummy? Is your heart beating fast like it's in a big hurry? If your answer is yes, you might have a worry. If you are feeling worried or anxious, this story can help you understand your feelings AND show you ways to feel better! Author Leah Bowen reads A Feel Better Book for Little Worriers and provides tips for creating a "Feel Better Box."

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A Feel Better Book for Little Worriers 2020-04-08T20:28:15-04:00

Magination Press Quick Tip: Three Ways to Support Teens with Depression

October was National Depression Education and Awareness Month, but if you are the parent of a teen suffering from depression, every month is depression awareness month. If you think your teenage son or daughter is depressed, seek professional attention. To supplement their treatment, here are a few ways to be supportive. Encourage your teen to get up and out. Maybe offer to do an activity together like taking a walk or going out for lunch. Your teen may not feel like it at first, but sometimes behavioral action precedes feeling better. Stay positive. Use empathy and validation. You can’t simply tell someone not to be depressed. Instead, acknowledge and validate your teen's feelings and struggle. Try, "I can tell you are feeling down. I'm here if you want to talk, or I can just stay nearby." Support healthy habits, such as a focus on nutritious food, exercise, and plenty of (but not too much) sleep. It is tough on a parent to have a depressed teen. Be patient and take care of yourself! This tip is from Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD, and Claire A. B. Freeland, PhD, the authors of Magination Press book, Depression: A Teen's Guide to Thrive and Survive.

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Magination Press Quick Tip: Three Ways to Support Teens with Depression 2019-11-09T16:03:30-05:00

Helping Your Child Learn to Bounce Back

Children, even at early ages, can benefit from developing resiliency as a means of addressing anxious thoughts and behaviors. Resiliency means learning to bounce back when we face challenging times. It means that a child can eventually realize that he or she can survive, and even thrive, despite encountering difficult situations.

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Helping Your Child Learn to Bounce Back 2018-06-14T12:37:57-04:00