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November 25th, 2009

Exams Got You Down?

It’s late November, and by now many students have sat through several big exams. In all grades, tests can be a source of significant anxiety for kids. As a big test approaches, some children and teens who have studied hard still doubt themselves and lose their confidence. Kids can learn to set smart and realistic expectations for themselves. The Charge Up Your Confidence Tool Kit for Kids teaches children and teens how to boost their confidence and strive for their personal best. They learn to deal with imperfection and making mistakes, which are just a few of the confidence skills needed to stay steady in the face of tough exams.

November 24th, 2009

Tool Kits for Kids™ Exhibiting at ABCT in NY, November 19-22

Tool Kits for Kids LLC will exhibit its award winning Tool Kits during the 2009 Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior & Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) in New York City at the Marriott Marquis, November 19th through the 22nd. Please visit our booth.

November 17th, 2009

Tragedy at Ft. Hood: Secondary Victims Need Resilience Skills

Recent events at Fort Hood are yet another American tragedy. While the pieces are coming together about the gunman, the promising lives of the victims, and the heroism of those who acted quickly, there are secondary victims who should not be ignored.
Secondary victims are those close to the tragedy, but who were not directly injured. These secondary victims are military families who live at the base, many with children and teens, whose lives have been turned upside down.

Unfortunately, military families are no strangers to tragedy and trauma. Many of these parents may be wondering how they can help their children get to sleep at night or to stop having frightening, recurring thoughts.

There is an increasing awareness of the value of acquiring resilience skills to help kids deal with the aftermath of a crisis, like the one at Ft. Hood. Resilience is what’s needed after a crisis, to help kids and parents heal. The newly released Build Up Your Resilience™ Tool Kit for Kids shows kids, teens, and their parents how to stop fears, deal with difficult emotions, and think in ways that promote hope and healing.

November 10th, 2009

Air Travel Can Be Scary

What if you are making out of town plans to visit family or friends and one of your kids becomes really upset about the idea of flying in a plane? How can you help your child?

Some children are afraid something terrible could happen to the plane, while others may feel physically sick before they even board the plane. It’s always a good idea to mention this to your child’s pediatrician. Just telling your child that only 1 in eleven million planes actually crash may not be enough to reduce the fear.

Kids who are anxious about flying can benefit from learning powerful thinking strategies to fight off the worry and anxiety that often accompanies flying. As a first line of defense against fear, check out Outsmart Your Worry Tool Kit for Kids®. Children learn to use accurate thinking, clever ways to understand probability, self-talk, and positive imagery, which helps them stay strong. These techniques can help quiet the fear and make that family trip a reality.

November 3rd, 2009

Building Respectful and Resilient Children

Joel Haber, Ph. D. will be speaking on “Building Respectful and Resilient Children” at the WFHA School system for parents, faculty and students in Greenwich, CT on November 3rd. Dr. Haber is a leading parenting expert, and one of the founders of Tool Kits for Kids LLC. He recently spoke at Clinton School in Maplewood, NJ where he interacted with fourth and fifth graders, and their parents about bullying. See Article

November 2nd, 2009

Learning from Mistakes Builds Confidence

Learning from your own mistakes takes courage and confidence. It’s hard for children K-12 to face their mistakes head-on because making a mistake is often associated with a personal sense of failure

Many of the world’s “greats” knew a thing or two about the value mistakes. Take Albert Einstein for instance; he said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” One of the important tasks of childhood is to try new things, and discover one’s own strengths. Yet making mistakes can shake a young person’s confidence and stop them from trying.

Even a small mistake can leave your child feeling embarrassed and ashamed. Learning how to own up to an error, and make a decision to change reflects maturity and growth. Kids and teens can learn about wise mistakes, how to deal with imperfection, and handle embarrassment. Acquiring these skills can boost self-confidence, which helps them to achieve their personal best.

The Charge Up Your Confidence Tool Kit for Kids™ teaches these very important life skills.