How to Use Failure to Build Resilience

I was thinking about the post I wrote a few months ago on perfectionism, and how it is rooted in the fear...

A Simple Self Talk Activity

Earlier this year my vice principal sent me a link to the following Reddit post ‘Jeremy Lins Response to Kenyon Martin’. Basically,...

Mindful Moments with Headspace and JusTme

About a month ago, I was telling a friend of mine about testing out different mindfulness apps and sites with my kids....

Where Do You Put Your Energy?

A few weeks ago I noticed that a lot of my students were showing signs of being very run down. There are...

How to Use Gratitude to Combat Stress

Last week I wrote about the basics of both physical and mental self care. This week I’d like to build on that...

The Importance of Self Care for Kids

Our ability to manage stress is largely built on a foundation of strong self care habits. Taking regular care of basic...

How to Reduce Child Anxiety by Managing Their Perfectionism

As a teacher, I have always spen a significant part of my time chasing after late work, prompting kids to get to...

What Kids Can Do When Worries Attack

Most of my students report that the one time of day when their stress is highest is when they are trying to...

How Kids can Work Through Their Worries

At this point in the school year my grade eight students are filling out their course selections for high school, for the...

How Parents Can Manage Screen Time

Managing the amount of time kids spend on screens is stressful to parents, teachers and even the kids themselves. Most of my...

How Political Polarization is Hurting Our Kids

This week I’d like to highlight an interesting article by Gary Direnfeld, called “The Trouble at School and the Need for 'We'”.

When is a Stress Toy Helpful?

A few years ago fidget spinners became insanely popular with kids and were suddenly widely available at the check out of almost...

How Kids Can Push Back When Faced with Social Isolation

One of the most common and ugly social scenarios I see at the tween stage is the use of isolation as a...

How Can Kids Feel Safe When They Need to Cry?

My students are always in a state of transition. I guess we all are on some level. My grade 6’s in particular,...

Why Your Kids Are Stressed and What You Can Do

This week I thought I’d share a couple of timely and insightful articles. The first article is 10 Reasons Why Teens Have...

What Makes a Good ‘Stress Buddy’?

It’s one thing for kids to be aware of helpful strategies, but another altogether to be able to use them when needed....

5 Steps for Kids to Manage Stress and Anxiety in Public

Many students find their stress ramping up during class, either because of the actual academics or because of social issues pressing in...

Teach Your Child to Let Go of What They Can’t Control

When I think about the things that ramp up my own stress, it becomes a laundry list that can be boiled down...

Structure vs. Freedom; Finding the right Balance

As we head into the December holidays, most kids (and teachers) are desperately looking forward to some downtime. This abrupt release from a structured...

What’s Stopping You? Barriers and Overcoming Them

It’s one thing to know what strategies are good for what situations, but using them when needed is a whole other beast. It’s kind...