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Helping Kids Understand Feelings

Helping kids understand feelings is very important. When you help your children learn to understand feelings, you help them feel safe and valued and help them develop the confidence to solve their own problems. You may even spend less time managing misbehavior. Kids who learn how to express and manage their feelings often do better in school and have stronger friendships. Children’s social and emotional competence can also go on to shape how they treat others and deal with challenges as adults.

Protective Factor #5-Social-Emotional Competence of Children

Early childhood is a period of both great opportunity and vulnerability. What happens to us in early childhood sets the stage for later health, well-being and learning. In the past, most of the focus was on building young children’s academic… Continue Reading →

Mental Health Moment with Chad: Anxiety and Door County Youth Part 2

In the first post about anxiety in our children, we learned the difference between anxious feelings and clinical anxiety. That understanding is important for us, as parents or caregivers to understand as we all live through COVID-19. Once we as… Continue Reading →

Mental Health Moment with Chad: Anxiety and Door County Youth

Because of COVID-19, Anxious feelings are understandably very high in youth right now. My daughter is in 8th grade in middle school and gets waves of many emotions–such as anxious feelings related to not seeing friends, missing the end of… Continue Reading →

How to Help Children Calm Down #3

How to Help Children Calm Down & Make Parents & Child Feel Better It’s going on a month or more of being quarantined. Your kids are bored, stressed out not being able to go to friends’ houses or gather in… Continue Reading →

How to Help Children Calm Down #2

How to Help Children Calm Down & Make Parents & Child Feel Better It’s going on a month or more of being quarantined. Your kids are bored, stressed out not being able to go to friends’ houses or gather in… Continue Reading →

How to Help Children Calm Down

Making Parents & Child Feel Better It’s going on a month or more of being quarantined. Your kids are bored, stressed out not being able to go to friends’ houses or gather in the park. As parents, we too are… Continue Reading →

Curbing the Urge to Self-Harm

“Self harm” is a scary phrase. This emotional coping strategy is hitting close to home here in Door County. According to the 2018-2019 Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey results. 17% of Door County Middle School and 17% of Door County… Continue Reading →

Managing Big Emotions and Parent Self Care

What if, through our relationship, an understanding of child psychology and brain development, and a shift in perspective, we could find a way to be in harmony with our young children and grow alongside them? If you would like a… Continue Reading →

Five for Families: Helping Kids Understand Feelings

Every day is full of teachable moments. Help your child learn how to express and manage their feelings with lots of positive attention. Children learn best by watching what people around them say and do, so model the behaviors you’d… Continue Reading →

Raising a Thinking Child

 Raising a Thinking Child is offered by UW-Extension Door County for FREE. Childcare and meal provided.  Raising A Thinking Child  (RTC) is an evidence-based parenting program for parents and caregivers of children 4 to 7 years (give or take) that… Continue Reading →

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