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Northwood Parent Resources

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PBS Kids has a great list of resources, including strategies, for addressing children's anxiety.  Here's an example:

Breathe

When we are anxious or upset, our heart rate increases and our breath becomes more shallow. When we take deep breaths, we send a message back to the brain: It’s okay to calm down.

Deep breathing resets the central nervous system and helps us respond with a clearer head. Think about a kid throwing a tantrum in a store. They don’t respond too well to cool logic! But once their glitter settles — and it will — we can help them think through a situation. Deep breathing can calm the storm a little faster.

With your child, try pretending your fingers are birthday candles and blow them out one by one. Or maybe your child will respond to a “breathing buddy:” Lay on your back, put a favorite stuffed animal on your tummy, and watch that animal slowly move up and down as you inhale and exhale. Do this together — it’s playful and helpful for the whole family.

https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-you-and-your-kids-can-de-stress-during-coronavirus

Several articles include:

How Mindfulness Can Help Kids (and Parents!) Emotional Storms

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

Schools Closed? How to Make a New Home Routine