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Renee Jain is a leading childhood happiness and resilience expert, her first-of-its-kind online animation programs are systematically tackling the epidemic that plagues our youth today; suicide, depression and anxiety related mental illness. Renee’s plan is centered on prevention. GoStrengths! is a team of dedicated mental health practitioners, animators, and professional storytellers. The organization thrives on passionate team members who continually innovate methods to deliver cutting-edge scientific SEL principles to kids in a way which piques their engagement and capacity to learn.

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The Way You Talk to Your Kids and Yourself Matters

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 12:02 PM

I'm such an idiot! I can't believe I locked the keys in the car. What am I going to do now? How am I going to get home? I can't even call my husband because my phone's in the car and my purse!! I'm totally stuck. I have no idea...
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4 Steps to Help Your Child Defeat Procrastination

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 11:51 AM

"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,...

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Teach Your Child How To Observe A Train of Anxious Thoughts (Illustrated)

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 12:28 PM

Kids have anxious thoughts all the time...

"I'm going to fail math and never get into college."

"I'm totally screwing up this speech right now, and everyone knows it."

"What if I don't get asked to the dance? I'll be humiliated for life."

Research shows us that anxious...

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How to Learn Mindfulness From a Child

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 5:00 PM

Mindfulness is trending. Google is blazing the corporate trail by encouraging mindful lunches and offering an in-house mindfulness training program called "Search Inside Yourself." Celebrities and corporate leaders, including Oprah Winfrey and Arianna Huffington, regularly espouse the benefits of this discipline. Elementary schools are adopting mindfulness programs in droves. Even...

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How a Man Named Chesley Can Help Your Child Manage Anxiety

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 2:44 PM

One of the most powerful techniques to manage child anxiety is something I learned from a man named Chesley.

Chesley loved planes. The first time he ever saw a plane speeding down the runway and rising off the ground when he was 5, he was awestruck. Chelsey told me he...

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The No. 1 Question Your Child Should Ask After Having an Anxious Thought

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 12:37 PM

Sixth grade history was a tough subject for me. Anytime Mr. Brown asked a question, I desperately averted my eyes or doodled in my notebook to look busy. Once in a while he called on me anyway. That triggered my anxiety: "What if I get the answer wrong?" "What if...

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8 One-Minute Anxiety Relief Tools for Kids Big and Small

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 10:57 AM

It took me over two decades of dealing with chronic worry to learn there is no one-size-fits-all-magic-pill solution for anxiety. I've also learned, however, there are some research-based methods that do work well for many people (including children) in a variety of situations. Since many of these ideas are pretty...

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5 Things You Should Never Say to an Anxious Child

(32) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 4:13 PM

I wanted to sleep with a bat under my pillow. It was plastic; nonetheless, it was a weapon. I was 5 years old, and I firmly believed that each night when I went to sleep, a robber would break into the house. I needed something to defend myself (and maybe...

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Can You See What's RIGHT With This Picture (and Your Kids)?

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 3:30 PM

Remember Highlights children's magazine -- the one full of fun activities that would often be stacked at the doctor's office? I always grabbed it and flipped to the back cover, which featured a busy, illustrated scene of children playing alongside objects and scenarios that weren't quite logical. You might see...

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A Mindful Minute: 3 Fun Mindfulness Exercises For Kids (Illustrated)

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 9:11 AM

Inspired by questions from my last article on how to actually teach mindfulness to kids, I'm putting out a new weekly post with FUN mindfulness exercises for the family. After all, who said mindfulness had to be a drag?!

Remember, mindfulness takes training. The goal is to train your mind to...

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How Mindful Children React Differently to Challenges (Illustrated)

(2) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 12:39 PM

Growing up, I was a firecracker. I reacted quickly to situations and never hesitated to express my "passionate" opinions. This often led to hurt feelings. I remember once, after a heated discussion with my brother, he asked my parents to put a coffee filter over my mouth to "keep the yucky stuff...

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Negative Thoughts? Throw Them Out (Literally) and Four Other Ideas

(13) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 6:14 AM

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...

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5 Words That Broke My Mom's Heart (and How She Responded)

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 2:00 PM

"Hey, Brenda, is it... is it OK if I sit here maybe?"

"Sorry. Our table is full."

I was in fourth grade. I was new at school. And each day I ate lunch alone. I would often sit at the end of a long table of people -- near enough...

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The #1 Thing Kids Want When They're Stressed (INFOGRAPHIC)

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 10:34 AM

From natural disasters to economic meltdowns, from wars abroad to shootings close to home, the world in which we raise our children is increasingly complex. Our natural instinct as parents and concerned citizens is to protect children from hardship, but we cannot shelter our children from all adversity. What we...

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4 Ways to Deal with Your Anxious Child's 'What Iffing'

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 1:13 PM

"What if I don't get asked to the dance?"

"What if you run out of gas and can't pick me up from school?"

"What if we get robbed?"

"What if... [insert your child's anxious thought here]?"

If your child's anxious, it's likely they do something I like...

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Understand Your Child's Anxiety (Infographic)

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 1:45 PM

If you've never suffered from anxiety, it can be challenging to understand what a child is truly experiencing. In fact, excessive worrying may seem like a normal part of growing up and something kids just have to "deal" with. This infographic breaks down the very real and often debilitating feeling...

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Fear vs. Anxiety: Explained in 98 seconds (Video)

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 3:09 PM

Fear is an emotional state triggered by real, objective danger. When there is an actual threat staring you in the face, fear activates the release of chemicals into your body to help you survive. This is otherwise known as the famous fight, flight or freeze response.

As humans have evolved, we've fine-tuned our capacity to think critically about the future and also anticipate threats. This heightened awareness of things that "may go wrong" is an emotional state called anxiety. Unfortunately, anxiety can produce a similar biological response to fear. Although short bursts of this state can help us survive, persistent and chronic anxiety can cause emotional and physical damage.

If you've ever had trouble explaining the difference between fear and anxiety to your friends or family, check out the video...

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8 Ways to Help Your Kids Stress 'Better'

(3) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 1:50 PM

Imagine this: You're a ninth-grade math teacher. You sit at your desk a few days before the school year begins, staring at the blank screen on your laptop -- you're nervous. You wanted to use this time to polish a humorous story on Albert Einstein for your new Algebra I...

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9 Dinge, die Eltern mit ängstlichen Kindern probieren sollten

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2014 | 10:32 AM

Alle Kinder machen sich für die Schule fertig, und Ihr Sohn, Timmy, dreht sich zu Ihnen und sagt: „Ich will nicht mit dem Bus fahren. Ich habe Bauchweh. Bitte schick mich nicht weg."

Sie zucken zusammen und denken: „Schon wieder." Was einfache morgendliche Routine sein könnte, entwickelt sich zur...

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9 Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try

(62) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 12:21 PM

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...

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