Janine Halloran is a mom and therapist who focuses on coping skills for kids.
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In this episode, we talked about:
- Aubrey’s daughter’s big issue at school and the coping skills both the kids and parents need.
- The developmentally appropriate “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” stage of 5 years old.
- How to take the instances that aren’t quite bullying but being mean and stressing our kids out and make them uncomfortable.
- How to talk to our children about their emotions and processing and some ideas to help them process.
- Setting boundaries / control around getting negative energy out, such as “punch this bag 30 times” Keep trying different things if your kids don’t respond to it.
- The signs that your kids are more stressed than is normal.
- How helpful a counselor or therapist could be for children because they are an outside person that they can talk to things about.
- The difference between anxiety and stress in children.
- Using more descriptive terms than “take a deep breath” to our children to help them actually take a deep breath.
- Tips for parents on what we can do so that our kids do not take on our stress.
Janine’s Best Tips
- All feelings are okay. There are no bad feelings. It’s what you do with the feeling that matters.
More about Janine:
Janine Halloran is the Founder and CEO of Coping Skills for Kids where she provides products for parents to help their kids cope with stress, anxiety and anger in healthy ways. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has been working with children, adolescents and their families for over 15 years. She is also a mom to two elementary school aged children.
Janine is an NBC Parent Toolkit Expert. She has written for Confident Parents Confident Kids, Hey Sigmund and Bay State Parent Magazine. She has also been interviewed by the Boston Globe and on the We Turned Out Okay podcast. Janine lives with her husband and their two children. When Janine isn’t working, you can find her in her garden or crocheting.
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