The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids: Help for Children to Cope with Stress, Anxiety, and Transitions

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New Harbinger Publications, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 130 pages
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Children pay close attention to their parents' moods. When parents feel upset, their kids may become anxious, and when parents wind down, children also get the chance to relax. When you feel overwhelmed and stressed, it can be hard to help your child feel balanced. The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids, written by two child therapists, offers more than fifty activities you can do together as a family to help you and your child replace stressful and anxious feelings with feelings of optimism, confidence, and joy.

You'll learn proven relaxation techniques, including deep breathing, guided imagery, mindfulness, and yoga, and then receive guidance for teaching them to your child. Your child will also discover how taking time to do art and creative projects can create a sense of fulfillment and calm. By completing just one ten-minute activity from this workbook each day, you'll make relaxation a family habit that will stay with both you and your child for a lifetime.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Reducing Stress in Your Home
3
Just How Stressed Are You?
5
Finding Ways to Reduce Stress
8
Setting Clear Limits
10
Too Much Technology
12
Creating a Peaceful Home
14
Dont Let Stress Get You Down
17
Doing You Chores Mindfully
75
Being Mindful of Nature
77
Yoga for Kids
79
Breathing
81
Stretching
82
Focus and Balance
83
Calming
84
Playing to Relax
87

What Stress Come From
19
Be a Stress Detective
23
Where Do You Feel Stress?
25
Having a Healthy Lifestyle
26
Talking About Your Feedings
28
Talking to Yourself
30
The Brainstorming Game
32
Optimist or Pessimist?
35
An Attitude of Gratitude
38
Correct Breathing A Key to Relaxation
41
Spell Your Name with Belly Breaths
43
How Great I Am
44
My Favorite Things
45
Breathing Happy Thoughts
47
Relaxing Through Guided Imagery
49
Whole Body Relaxation
53
A Special Place
55
Inner Helpers
57
The Healing Rainbow
59
Helping Children Go to Sleep
61
Strengthening SelfEsteem
63
Floating Away from Stress
64
Getting Rid of Stomachaches
66
Mindfulness A New Way to Deal with Stress
67
Mindful Eating
69
Mindfulness with a Pet
72
NoMoreBoredom Box
89
We Can All Get Along
91
My Relaxing Place
92
The Cloud Maze
93
Over and Over Again
95
Play That Lasts a Lifetime
96
Relaxing Through Art
99
Sock Puppets
101
Sand Garden
102
Super You
103
Feelings Doodle
105
Memory Beads
106
Relaxation Jar
108
Musical String Drawing
110
Laugh to Relax Then Laugh Some More
113
Making Fun of Stress
115
Funny Photos
116
Joke Night
118
Crazy Dress Up
120
A Kaboodle of Silly Words
121
MakeaFace Photo Op
123
The Funny Place
124
Pranks Please
125
More Ways to Relax and Reduce Stress
129
Conclusion
131
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Lawrence E. Shapiro, PhD, is an internationally known child psychologist and parenting expert in Norwalk, CT. He has written over fifty books for parents, children, and mental health professionals. Robin K. Sprague, LCPC, is a licensed clinical professional counselor in Bangor, ME. She holds a master's degree from Boston College. For over twenty years, she has worked in the field of human services. Her specialty is helping children successfully transition through difficult life challenges in order to prevent future psychological problems, especially anxiety disorders. A highly creative person herself, Sprague enjoys painting, writing, and laughing out loud. Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook , Self-Esteem , Thoughts and Feelings , When Anger Hurts , and ACT on Life Not on Anger . McKay received his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression. He lives and works in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

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