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Dr. Brenna Hicks, The Kid Counselor, provides the tools to help parents gain confidence in their parenting skills so they can create the family life they desire.

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Dr. Brenna Hicks, The Kid Counselor, provides the tools to help parents gain confidence in their parenting skills so they can create the family life they desire.

    2 Tips for Parents Dealing with Their Child's Anxiety

    2 Tips for Parents Dealing with Their Child's Anxiety

    Have you ever felt helpless to handle your children’s anxiety and worries? Have you tried things that didn’t seem to help? Do you want nothing more than to see your kids happy and worry free? With the sharp increase in child anxiety levels this year, it’s important to have effective tools to help manage this struggle. In this second part of this two-part series, you get practical skills to reduce your frustration and their anxiety.

    • 16 min
    What are the Warning Signs of Anxiety in Children?

    What are the Warning Signs of Anxiety in Children?

    Do you wonder if some of your children’s behaviors are related to anxiety? Have you seen an increase in big emotions, worry, fear, or confusion? Is one of the unforeseen fallouts of 2020 that our kids are experiencing increased anxiety? If the phone calls to my office are an indicator, this is the new childhood epidemic of this year. This is the first of a two-part series on recognizing anxiety in children, and how best to help your child through their worries.

    • 16 min
    Is Your Child a “Two Marshmallow Kid?”

    Is Your Child a “Two Marshmallow Kid?”

    Have you ever felt that your kids are too impulsive? Do they get out of control when they are overly excited? Are they quick to melt down when they don’t get their way? Does their behavior seem reckless sometimes? A good predictor of adult success is how well a child can control their impulses. In this episode I share some tips with you to help your kids learn self-control.

    • 9 min
    Why your child should say "I'm angry”

    Why your child should say "I'm angry”

    You probably hate it when your child loses it when they get upset! But do you know what's going on in their brain when they have that reaction? In this episode, I explain the results from a study that reveals when a child says, "I'm angry," it decreases the emotional over-reaction. This is how kids can learn self control.

    • 10 min
    What You Need to Know about Your Kids' Thoughts, Emotions, and Behaviors (spoiler - they're all connected!)

    What You Need to Know about Your Kids' Thoughts, Emotions, and Behaviors (spoiler - they're all connected!)

    Kids say things that often lead us to the wrong conclusions about what is going on. A Yale study reveals how much our feelings influence what we think and do, especially children! This episode dives into the trick that helps us get to the heart of the emotion that our kids feel, rather than focusing on what they say.

    • 8 min
    Stop trying to reason and rationalize with your child!

    Stop trying to reason and rationalize with your child!

    Have you ever tried to explain to your child why something they did wasn't a good idea? We've all done it.  But here's the problem... kids aren't rational until about 12 or 13, so you're wasting your time explaining things rationally to them.   Kids are emotional and here-and-now.  So to effectively communicate with them, you have to speak to their feelings and emotions.  In this episode, Dr. Brenna tells you how that works.

    • 12 min

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