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Weathering Hurricanes with Kids

Hurricane Harvey has barely left the scene, carving a swath of devastation across the Gulf Coast, and now Hurricane Irma — the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded — is headed right for Florida’s east coast. These massive storms can be difficult enough for adults to comprehend; for children, they can cause extreme levels of anxiety. Most of the time, parents are the only adults kids can turn to during times of emergency. That means you need to be a figure of ...

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Turn Weather Fear into Fun with a Pirate Treasure Hunt

When severe weather strikes, even the bravest adult can suddenly feel small and vulnerable. Now, imagine being a young child in a similar situation. Fear is caused by the unknown, so putting together an emergency severe-weather kit can help alleviate worry for both children and adults. What happens if we lose power? We have flashlights with fresh batteries and a hand-crank weather radio. What happens if somebody gets hurt? We have a fully stocked first-aid kit. What happens if our house ...

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The Four Things I Learned Parenting My Anxious Child

Foreword: When to Get Help and What to Expect By: Kristin Abbondate, Pd.D. | Boys Town Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Team As a child psychologist, I spend at least part of my day discussing anxiety with children, adolescents, and their families. Anxiety effects everyone; however, for some people, anxiety can cause significant impairment academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. For those families, seeking professional help can be useful.  Cause for concern? Your child or teen is unable to complete NEEDED or WANTED activities ...

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5 Tips for Easing Anxiety in Kids

This article was originally featured on Momaha on Nov 17, 2016. These days, there are a lot of kids dealing with feelings of worry and anxiety. Often, these feelings are the result of struggling with things they don’t understand, or there is a break in the routine, and they are not sure of what is going to happen and when. Studies show that children feel safe when they are in a consistent and predictable environment. Safety is their main concern and ours. Kids are ...

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Dr. Reznicek, Superintendent, Boys Town High School

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Trauma, Tragedy and Children

An earthquake in China kills thousands. A suicide bomber in Iraq destroys a mosque during Friday prayer. A gunman takes the lives of scores of innocents in a Florida nightclub. On every television, on every device, tragedy is everywhere. Sometimes the tragedy may be closer to home, such as the death of a friend or family member. So, how should you address these situations with children in school? The first thing to understand is that children are exceptionally resilient. They’re often ...

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By Connie J. Schnoes, Boys Town Psychologist and Behavioral Expert

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Sleep Problems in Anxious or Worried Teens

Any event that causes a person to feel that their safety or their life or the lives of others are at serious risk is considered a traumatic event. The resulting response manifests in many ways — emotionally, psychologically and/or physically. Teenagers are already experiencing a wide range of emotions, so if your teen experiences a traumatic event, his/her response may seem overwhelming to both of you. Anxiety, depression and anger are common reactions to trauma, and for teenagers, any or all ...

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Dan Daly, Executive Vice President, Director of Youth Care, Boys Town

 

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Kids and Crisis: Tragedies in Orlando

This has been a truly terrible week for the people of Orlando, Florida, and for the nation as a whole. Our hearts go out to those affected by the recent tragic events. For parents of young children, times like these — when you can’t seem to turn on a TV or open a web browser without seeing scenes of violence and tragedy — can be extremely difficult. It is impossible to shield your kids from all media. As a result, kids ...

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When Children Must Grieve

Recently at Boys Town, our kids went through the sad, painful experience of losing one of their friends and fellow residents. The young man who passed away was well liked, a good student and a good athlete, and on his way to a bright future. His death was a shock to our boys and girls, not only because of its suddenness but also because most young people are not prepared to deal with the loss of someone their own age. We ...

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Tips for Helping Your Kids in the Aftermath of a Tragedy

This post was first published on Momaha.com. Today’s world can be a scary place for kids. With stories about shootings and accidents in the news on a regular basis, and this week’s terrorist attacks in Brussels, it’s impossible to shield kids from the realities of life. We can, however, help them cope with the events and continue to move forward. Everyone – including kids – is hard-wired to recover from crisis events and has “built-in” coping mechanisms. Therefore, it is normal for kids to ...

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Calming A Worrisome Child

Teachable moments can come from a wide variety of sources, including other parents. From time to time parents write blogs for us that we think you will find interesting, useful, or entertaining. Please enjoy this post from a fellow parent. To say that I have a worrisome child would be an understatement. After the tsunami that struck Japan in 2011, he refused to flush the toilet for six months for fear it would flood our house. Now, at age nine, we ...

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How to Start the Conversation About Bullying

Bullying is every parent’s worst nightmare. As parents, it is natural for us to want to protect our babies from the outside world. You don’t want their feelings to get hurt, you don’t want people to say mean things to them and you certainly don’t want them to say mean things to other people. But the reality is that kids will be kids and bullying is everywhere. We have to prepare our kids and teach them how they should respond ...