As caregivers know all too well, school anxiety—particularly during a back-to-school season magnified by the stresses of the pandemic—is real, and can leave parents and caregivers struggling to find practical solutions. Since specific recommendations for stress and social anxiety management can vary according to age group, we’re providing a selection of recent audiobooks that are easy to listen to and contain a variety of helpful tips for how adults can best support kids, from the littlest school-goers all the way up through middle and high school—and give themselves a reprieve as well. Because you are never too young—or too old—to “breathe like a bear.”
Written and read by Kira Willey and winner of three Parents’ Choice Gold Awards, kids and parents can use the three mindfulness activities featured in Mindfulness Moments for Kids: Three Calming Activities to manage their bodies, breath, and emotions. Learn to breathe deeply for self-soothing sleep, replenish energy, improve focus, and discover exercises for calm that can be done anywhere: in the backseat of a car, at home, or at a child’s desk at school.
In The Scaffold Effect, world-renowned child psychiatrist Harold Koplewicz introduces the powerful and clinically tested idea that a deliberate build-up and then gradual loosening of parental support is the single most effective way to encourage kids to climb higher, try new things, grow from mistakes, and develop character and strength.
New York Times bestseller. Experience the book that started the Quiet Movement. At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. In Quiet Power, she adapts these insights as an indispensable guide for kids and teens.
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