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This will be the final post in this series. If you have not already, please read the previous chapters to get an in-depth view of each category. Also feel free to go back and look over the skills, it takes time and practice to hone them.
- Chapter 1– Ignoring the Negative
- Chapter 2– Reward System
- Chapter 3– Calm Down Corner
- Chapter 4– Deep Breathing and Other Tools
- Chapter 5– It Takes a Village
This post is gonna be short and sweet! The links for the previous articles are above and you can reach out to me or your therapist with questions.
I started this series with the intent to spread some love, understanding, and skills to parents like myself out there who are trying their best. Even though this series is geared towards being a parent of a defiant child, these skills can be applied to many aspects of life and to other kids who you have close connections to.
There are lots of helpful books out there, but I’d like to share the one’s we found to be most useful to us.
- Mindful Mantras: This is a group of 8 books total (they may have added more since then) and we love them! My son loves to read them out loud himself too. They are simple, encouraging, and have a different defined message clearly implied from the title.
- Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda: This is one I found to even be helpful for me. It keeps mindfulness simple and explains it in a way everyone can understand.
- Angry Octopus: This one is extremely helpful to teach kids that they are in control of their bodies and it shows them how to do that through progressive relaxation that is both engaging and relaxing. It also has a fun journaling/coloring book with prompts geared towards getting feelings out and relaxation.
I hope that you gained some insightful tips on this journey with me! Until next time, be well!