Negative Thoughts? Throw Them Out (Literally) + 4 Other Ideas

Originally published by Renee Jain on PsychCentral.com It’s easy to be negative. The human mind is wired to detect and dwell on negative events and circumstances. Think about cavemen who went out hunting and gathering food for their families. Those who survived did so because they were sharply attuned to possible attacks from saber-toothed tigers lurking in … Read more

For Parents with Anxious Children

As all the kids line up to go to school, your son, Timmy, turns to you and says, “I don’t want to take the bus. My stomach hurts. Please don’t make me go.” You cringe and think, Here we go again. What should be a simple morning routine explodes into a daunting challenge. You look … Read more

Stop Saying, ‘You’re So Smart!’ 3 Better Ways to Praise Kids

Originally published by Renee Jain on HuffingtonPost.com “You’re so smart!” “You’re so creative!” “You’re so… [insert convenient, but possibly damaging description here]” The other day during a frantic scramble to get my 1-year-old to music class, I watched her perform her latest trick — slipping into her little gym shoes and tightening the Velcro straps all by … Read more

Conscious Discussions: Emotionally Intelligent Children

Did you know that 1 in 5 children struggle with depression before the age of 18, setting them up for a lifetime of unnecessary struggle? Depressed children are five times more likely to commit suicide or take to violent behaviors such as bullying and gang membership. Listen to Renee discuss how can combat these trends … Read more

Social and Emotional Learning Programs for Every Child

Life-skills programs are popping up around the country. The programs gaining traction for their impact on students and school culture are now commonly referred to as social and emotional learning (SEL) programs. SEL programs focus on skills such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and decision making, among other skills. And these programs pack a powerful … Read more

GoZen! Releases The Most Unique Anxiety Relief Workbook

GoZen! has released its first workbook on anxiety relief for children available here! GoZen! is a fully-animated, online anxiety relief program for kids. Used in therapist offices nationwide, this anxiety relief program is now available as a fun and engaging illustrated workbook. What we know is that children suffering from chronic worry are more susceptible … Read more