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GoZen! Anxiety Relief Programs For Kids & Parents

Dynamos – Character Strength Superheroes

GoZen! Mindful Minute Cards

GoStrengths! Social & Emotional Learning Programs for K-12

11 Superpowers of a Strong-Willed Child

You’re seven years old and you’re busy building the greatest fort that has ever been constructed in the history of the universe! Your mom comes over and asks you to put your shoes on because it’s time to pick up your sister from dance class. Naturally, you say, “I don’t want to go right now.” […]

A Better Way to Teach Kids About Emotions

How many emotions can you name? According to researcher, Brené Brown, the average adult can only name three emotions: happiness, sadness, and anger. A recent study indicates there are actually only four basic emotions to begin with: happiness, sadness, anger, and fear. From this vantage, we’re getting it 75% right! However, in my experience of teaching emotional intelligence skills to children, it’s clear […]

11 Superpowers of Highly Sensitive Children

So you’re a highly sensitive child—you’re affected by loud noises, you don’t love crowded places, you’re more likely to notice different scents, and you might even have very particular eating tendencies. You process information and your environment, including sound, sight, smell, touch, and taste more deeply than others. While it’s true that your nervous system […]

19 Ways Not to Say ‘No’ to Your Children

If you have ever seen an improv comedy show, you will notice one thing—improvisational actors rarely use the word “No” on stage. This is because “No” will stop the scene dead in its tracks, every single time. Imagine there are two actors sharing a scene. The first actor says, “Whoa, there must be a zillion stars […]

4 Steps to Help Your Child Defeat Procrastination (Illustrated)

4 min read “I’ll clean my room tomorrow!” “It’s not due until next week!” “I’ll do my chores later!” They insist. They persuade. They don’t act. Watching your kids go through the self-destructive process of procrastination can be extremely painful. Your options are to either do nothing, watching the whole, all-to-familiar scenario unfold, help out, […]