Last week in my group, Choosing JOY, I held a Facebook LIVE where I talked about how to handle anxiety in your home. (To view this video, click the link here.) I mentioned in that video that I would share the top tools we use in our home to deal with anxiety and anger. When you have a child who can explode at any minute, it’s a huge help to have a list of tools at your disposal.
Pray with Your Child
This is not only helpful for your child but for you as a parent as well. 🙂
Take a Bubble Bath
This works wonders for our middle child.
Pet a Dog or Hold a Cat
By far this method works the best for our son with ADHD and Autism. It’s a great distraction for him, and our 65-pound black lab is A-MAZING with our kids.
Rip Up Paper
This is another great tool for my son.
Punch a Pillow or a Bed
Our oldest child who is now a teenager uses this method when she’s angry or upset. She’s our neurotypical child who can get easily frustrated with her special needs siblings.
Weighted Blankets & Pillows
Although you can purchase these, and they can be expensive, what we do in our home is use what we have. My husband will take a few heavy blankets and all of the pillows on our couch and pile them up on top of our son. He loves this, especially while he’s playing on the iPad.
Call a Friend
Our middle child does this when she’s anxious. Not necessarily to talk about the issue that’s causing anxiety but just to chat with a friend.
These last three methods we’ve used with success in our home as well. These are probably more for younger children than older ones.
Calm Down Bin
Calm Down Yoga
For a comprehensive list of methods and tools to use in your own home, download the free guide, “51 Ways to Calm Down Your Angry or Anxious Child” by clicking on the image below.
Last week I talked about how to create a back to school routine for your family.
Now this just doesn’t apply to your kids. This applies to you as well.
My husband has told me time and time again that I do my best work, have the best attitude, and become overwhelmed a lot less often when I make a routine for myself and stick to it.
I’m very good at creating routines and schedules. Oh I could spend all day crafting charts, finding cute images to correlate with each task, and displaying them so neatly on my refrigerator. My problem comes with the follow-through. My personality despises doing anything wrong or pretty much “not perfect” in my eyes. I freeze when I can’t or don’t know how to start something just the right way. Read More
It’s that time of year again. School supplies, new clothes, new backpacks, sports tryouts, after-school clubs, and everything else that comes with the beginning of a new school year. It’s also an opportunity to begin a brand new routine that will help your family have a well-prepared and chaotic free (as much as possible) school year.
Routines and schedules are just one tool that can help make this happen. The following steps are what we use in our home to help make the days as stress-free as we can.
Step #1 – Divide the day into 2 categories: Morning & Evening
Step #2 – Make a list of everything that needs to get done during a school day, from the moment the children wake up, until they go to bed. Place each task under one category. Some tasks may have more than 1 category, for example ‘brush teeth’ may fall under both morning and evening.
Our list looks like this: Read More
I’m sure by now most of you have heard about this crazy new game called Pokemon GO. I didn’t know anything about it until some friends of mine were discussing it on Facebook. Then of course I had to look it up and find out what all the buzz was about.
First let me give you some background so you know exactly where this story is going . . .
Our son, at the age of 5, was diagnosed with ADHD, ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), Autism and Anxiety. Whew!!! That’s a mouthful! Needless to say, we have some issues in our home. One of them being an unrealistic and irrational fear of being outside.
My son does not like to be dirty, he does not like bees, flies, or any other insect buzzing around him, and he questions all the different noises he hears in our neighborhood.
We talked to our psychiatrist about his misgivings for playing outside and she told us if it became worse she could prescribe him some medication.
Well let me tell you, it definitely got worse . . . Read More