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Calm and Connected is created by Janine Halloran, an experienced counselor and mom. Janine gives quick tips and helpful information about coping skills and play

Calm and Connected Podcast Janine Halloran

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Calm and Connected is created by Janine Halloran, an experienced counselor and mom. Janine gives quick tips and helpful information about coping skills and play

    Five Coping Skills to Manage Anger

    Five Coping Skills to Manage Anger

    Last week, the podcast focused on the fact that it's okay to be angry. I discussed the feelings rules and understanding the anger iceberg. This week, as promised, I've shared 5 of my favorite coping skills, plus two bonus strategies to keep in mind as you're working or parenting angry kids.

    • 6 min
    It's okay to be angry

    It's okay to be angry

    It’s OKAY to be angry.
    It’s happened multiple times in my career when I’ve said that, kids will look at me like I have three heads. I explain that everyone gets angry - it’s a normal and expected human emotion. Its what you do with your anger that matters. Then I share the feelings rules with them:
    1. Don’t hurt yourself
    2. Don’t hurt other people or living creatures
    3. Don’t destroy property
    And then we talk about healthy coping skills to use to express anger.
    It can feel intense to work with a child who is feeling angry. In this podcast episode, I discuss some tips that will hopefully make it easier for you to work with kids in those mad moments.

    • 8 min
    Five Awesome Open-Ended Toys

    Five Awesome Open-Ended Toys

    Open-ended play is incredible - it cultivates imagination, thinking differently, and encourages creativity. To promote open-ended play, we should offer toys that can be played with in multiple ways.

    One benefit of having versatile toys is that it cuts down on having so many! I know what it feels like when it seems like the toy department of your local Target is all in your living room.

    Plus, having fewer toys is helpful for child development. A recent study from the University of Toledo in Ohio found that the fewer toys a child has, the more creative and imaginative they become with the toys they have. Listen to this podcast to hear about five awesome open-ended toys that I love.

    • 8 min
    Three Ways to Help Kids Focus on the Positives

    Three Ways to Help Kids Focus on the Positives

    When a kid is feeling sad or upset, a good coping skill to try is thinking of things that make them happy. Finding and focusing on the good things in life can have a positive impact on mental health, plus paying attention to those positive experiences is the beginning of gratitude practice for kids. But it can be hard to remember the good stuff in those tough moments. In today’s podcast, I share three ideas to help kids focus on the positives. Take a listen!

    • 6 min
    How to Make a Calm Down Kit at Oriental Trading

    How to Make a Calm Down Kit at Oriental Trading

    A coping skills toolbox is an actual physical container that houses items kids can use to help calm down and express their emotions in healthy ways. There are a ton of strategies your child can use to calm down, and having a toolbox is one way to keep several of these tools readily available to use.

    Where can you get these items to help create a coping skills toolbox or a calm down kit? A lovely listener requested that I do a podcast episode on Oriental Trading, so I took a peek around the website for awesome items to go in a calm down kit. Listen to what I found!

    • 8 min
    Five Tips for Surviving Holiday Parties

    Five Tips for Surviving Holiday Parties

    Several years ago, I wrote an article on this topic because the mother of a client of mine had significant concerns about getting through the holiday season, in particular, all the parties. I also understood this from my own experience as a parent, so I gave her some ideas. Since it's that time of year, I wanted to share these ideas with you to help. Take a listen!

    • 6 min

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