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This amazing human: she’s one of three reasons why I’m here and why every day I take care of myself. She’s my mini-me in about a billion different ways, and unfortunately one of those ways is a brain that is bright and beautiful but that also gets away from her, already, at age 11. And she’s not alone: more and more moms come to me with their own child’s struggles. Many have never struggled with mental illness, so they don’t know how to help their loved and to navigate the mental healthcare system in America. My boss’s 10 y/o daughter. My 9 y/o’s best friend who’s already been hospitalized for anxiety. And many more. I hate that I experience this but if there’s any bright side at all it’s that these kids are comfortable coming to my house and openly talking about their therapists, medications, experiences. We can talk about meditation and do yoga poses. We discuss breathing. We acknowledge the good things in our lives and recognize how depression and anxiety lie to us in so many ways. I can’t cure these ailments and I can’t prevent them, but everywhere around me people young and old are being afflicted, and at least I can be a guide to them-and most of all to this one: my everything. #kidswithanxiety #depression #depressionaffectseveryone #kidsmentalhealth

If anyone hasn't heard of it yet, I recommend checking out 'Cosmic Kids Yoga' on YouTube. It's a series of relaxing children's exercise and mindfulness videos with lovely stories told throughout. Scarlet absolutely loves doing her yoga before bed!

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My new wooden pebbles are now live on the website! Link in profile if you'd like to check them out.
#affirmations #kidsaffirmations #woodenpebbles #woodpebbles #affirmationsforkids #nurserydecor #kidsroomdecor #playroomdecor #kidsmentalhealth #kidsanxiety

Just having a milestone weekend with this precious Wild.
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She asked me to blow out her hair and paint her nails.
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We had the sweetest few hours together! Then #ocd popped in. She stayed for the rest of the evening (ocd, that is) and even tried to interrupt our adventure this morning! But this sweet girl kindly declined interacting with her thoughts.
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We sang our song about peace, prayed over our day, and off we went.
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Oh word. She's READY for you. But I can promise this - y'all ain't ready for our warrior girl. #childmentalhealth

Great up in Athlone at the Brickfest! Well worth the 4 hour drive. @lego from wall to wall. So well organised and a great bunch of people.
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#brickfest #lego #autismacceptance #autismawareness #aspergers #aspie #homeschooling #homeschoolingfun #homeschoolingireland #connormcgregor #imaginative #Jesse #Ozzy #kidsmentalhealth #brick #legoinIreland #legofan #legoisourlife @radissonblu

Turns out all you need to keep a toddler happy is a field full of leaves! 🍁 🍁 🍁 #naturalplayground #calmkids #kidsmentalhealth #letkidsplay #victoriamorning #yyj #yyjcounsellor #calmkidscounselling

One of our steps is FEEL - Our massage section involves either peer or self massage. This week we will be doing some self massage on our head, face, hands and tummy.
Massage helps to decrease stress response chemicals in the body and triggers the relaxation response. It also increases ‘delta waves’ in the brain as seen during deep sleep and helps promote better sleep. It also releases oxytocin and endorphins which lowers stress 💜

Help your kids handle stress better. Check out the video link in profile. #stressedkids #stressed #stressedout #stresshelp #kidsnews #kidsnewsbreak #kidsmentalhealth

Extract of 'You Don't Look Ill' by Sarah Dove AKA @phoenixeducationconsultant, a brilliant resource for anyone raising or working with children:
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'The first step to include these vulnerable children is very simple; believe them.  If they are saying they have found things difficult, listen and ask questions. If they say they need the toilet, believe them. Even if you inwardly doubt the truth of a statement, the statement has a function in itself and exploring it with the child and young person at a later stage when they are less anxious or worried is a better tactic then confrontation with a potential strategy to reduce their difficulties within the schooling environment.
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'Being professionally curious is vital in supporting children and young people with health needs. Asking questions, and listening to the answers, helps us to avoid assumptions and ensures that we are recognising the unique experiences of the young person we are working with.
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'Imagine that you have supported a young person in coming to school after a period of absence, as far as you can tell it has gone well, but when you talk to the young person, they tell you that it was not a good day.  Asking questions may help a dialogue which recognises the individual’s distress but also builds on the idea that things can improve, things can get better;
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🌟 What was difficult?
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🌟 Was there a time where the anxiety felt less within school?
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🌟 Could there be anywhere you could have gone where you might have felt safer?
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🌟 How can we make sure you feel safe even when things are feeling overwhelming?
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Read the full article in our Leeds handbook for free online or download and print - link in bio.
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Reflect and create after reading a story.

What do you feel like when you are sad?

Many children dread the lunch bell because finding someone to play with in the school yard can sometimes be challenging for them. It is great to see so many schools in Australia now including ‘Buddy Benches’ in playgrounds. The idea is that when a child feels upset or can’t find any friends to play with, they can sit on the brightly coloured bench seat to let others know how they’re feeling. If children notice someone sitting on the bench, they are encouraged to go and talk to that person and include them in whatever game they’re playing. It’s a lovely, simple idea to promote inclusivity and reduce anxiety and bullying for kids 💗

Such an amazing night doing week 2 of our elf-esteem classes all about candy canes and confidence. Here are our girls showing or their circle breathing! If anyone wants to join us their are still spaces 🎄🎅🌲 #relax #relaxkids #relaxkidssunderlandandwashington #inthistogetherfitness #circlebreathing #breathing #elf-esteem #confidenceandcandycanes #confidence #calmkids #massage #mentalhealthawareness #mentalwellbeing #mindfulness #positivethinking #kindness #kidsmentalhealth #creative #imaginative #makingadifference #affirmations

THANK YOU to just a couple of our FABULOUS third party fundraisers - Doug at @hellbenderinkvintagetattoo and the men from Niagara Falls Fire Department for raising money to support our new Hear & Now Walk-In Clinic. Support those who support us #kidsmentalhealth #kidsmatter #treatmentworks

When you just remembered that your fundraiser is this Sunday! Super excited to see you all. To learn more about how you can contribute to our kids mindfulness programs, click link in bio, or shoot us a message. #kidsmentalhealth

Woke to a #winterwonderland outside today!
Of course it would snow and be #freezing when I have to walk the boys to school...it was spring temps all week until today. Like I mean above 0 degrees in November!

On another, more serious note...any Mommas have ideas on helping 9 year old twin boys that are crazy rambunctious, short term memory challenged, and just years behind their same aged peer group mentality wise.

Since getting custody me and dad are struggling to help them when they just don't seem to want to help themselves. We've gotten tons of help and assistance from their teachers but nothing seems to sink in.
They seem to be so clueless but I know how smart they really are, but the stress is making Dad sick again.

We're working on limiting sugar and junk food, they are not allowed pop.
We've dropped their bedtime to 8PM.
We're limiting their screen time as well.
We try to keep the after school routine as simple and consistent as possible: Snack, homework, chores, dinner, than play.

What are we missing?!
Much Love💖💖💖 #tiredmomma #friday #boytrouble #stepmom #stepparenting #help #thestruggleisreal #fitmom #fitfam #fitgirl #yogamom #nevergiveup #madestrong #mommingit #positivevibesallday #itscoldoutthere #familylife #family #momlife #twins #kidsmentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness

We started by wanting something more than plastic character toys for our children. We were worried about childhood mental health. #kidsmentalhealth #messyplay #smallworldplay #looseparts #creativeplay #earlyyears

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