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December 31st, 2010

Mommy, Daddy Don’t Leave Me!

It’s Saturday night and you look forward to it all week. It’s time to go out and re-kindle your romance, but your child hates it when you leave.

It can start with a trembling lower lip and lead to screams and pleas not to go. Mommy, Daddy don’t leave me! Fears intensify and the What If’s begin…What If you get in an accident? What If I need you? What If you don’t come home? You have a great babysitter, it may even be grandma, but your child still begs you to stay.

You leave anyway and go out to dinner. You can’t enjoy your dinner and feel a lump in your throat. It’s hard to forget your crying child at home. You spend the whole dinner strategizing how to help your child. That’s not so romantic.

Many children worry and go through a period of time when separation is hard for them. If your tender explanations and reassurance are not enough, it may be time to try a different approach.

The Outsmart Your Worry Tool Kit for Kids® (Elementary School Edition) was designed by experts to help worried children ages 5-11 feel stronger than their fear. There are 20 award-winning tools to reduce anxiety in children. Kids learn to stop the What If’s, use words to make their worry less powerful, relax their minds and bodies, and use strong and accurate thinking to fight frightened feelings. The Worry Tool Kit contains anti-anxiety activities that appeal to children and work quickly. Use the Tool Kit now with your child and have romantic evenings that you can enjoy.

December 21st, 2010

It’s the Holiday Season!

All of us at Tool Kits for Kids wish you and yours a joy-filled holiday season, and all the best in 2011.

As this year and the first decade of the 21st century draw to a close, we invite you to read our 2010 Holiday Newsletter.


December 9th, 2010

Elizabeth Edwards: A Model for Resilience

The death of Elizabeth Edwards hit hard for many people. She stood as a powerful example of a true fighter and celebrator of life, a woman who continued to persevere and go on with progressive cancer with a smile on her face, day after day. Her serious battle with cancer did not deter her enthusiasm or willingness to be true to her life and passion. News reports of Mrs. Edwards have even dubbed her as “Mrs. Resilience”.

What is it that makes one resilient? Do all people have this ability to go on in the face of sickness, a major tragedy or significant problem? What are the effects of these major situations on children if they are faced with monumental issues? Do we even know if they have developed the skills to deal with tragedy?

Resilience skills can be learned and parents can help in the process of providing skills to young people of all ages who need help with big problems or traumatic events such as sickness, grief, trauma, and divorce to name a few examples.

Tool Kits for Kids® has developed the Build Up Your Resilience Tool Kit for Kids™ to help children and teens in times of crisis. The resilience kit includes tools to help kids deal with sadness, loss, guilt, and anger, short-circuit bad dreams and frightening images, and remain positive about their future. These tools can help children in the early stages of a crisis as well as the aftermath of a crisis to minimize long-lasting emotional effects.

You can’t leave resilience skills to chance, especially if your child is dealing with significant loss or other traumatic situations. You can help your child cope more effectively by using these award-winning emotional first aid kits for resilience.

December 4th, 2010

School Counselors Use Tool Kits: Helping Kids Build Resilience, Boost Confidence and Reduce Anxiety

Today’s school counselors play a vital role in the emotional, social, and academic well-being of young people. School counselors handle a multitude of issues from poor academic performance to school adjustment, bullying, social difficulties, as well as school and family crises.

At the recent NYSSCA Conference in November 2010, school counselors across New York visited Tool Kits for Kids exhibitor’s booth and found we shared much in common about today’s young people. All of our Tool Kits which provide emotional first aid solutions for resilience, confidence, and anxiety in children will be used in a variety of school settings to supplement the important work already being conducted.

School counselors today are often confronted with students facing trauma and serious difficulties. Our Build Up Your Resilience Tool Kit for Kids™ will help children and teens in grades K-12 handle the overwhelming feelings of sadness, loss, anger, and guilt that often accompany emotional trauma. Many school counselors work directly with kids coping with divorce, grief, or violence and welcomed the resilience tools to help kids adapt and heal.

The issue of child confidence and children’s self-esteem is also of concern in the schools. School counselors across New York State plan to use the Charge Up Your Confidence® Tool Kit in a group context. The Confidence Tool Kit helps kids track their strengths, face criticism, deal responsibly with mistakes, and handle embarrassment. We were excited to learn that the Confidence Tool Kit will be used with groups of boys, kids with social and self-esteem concerns, and groups of special needs youngsters.

Every school counselor we met was looking for new ways to reduce anxiety in children. The Outsmart Your Worry Tool Kit for Kids® will used by school counselors to help kids think in strong and accurate ways about their fears, understand the low likelihood of their worries, make rules to conquer anxious thoughts, and stop what if thinking.

We are glad to have had so many rewarding conversations with New York school counselors about the positive ways we both can impact the lives of young people.