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Helping Children Overcome Stress

Wednesday, Mar 09, 2016
Dealing with Anxiety Kids

This free speaker series is presented by Doylestown Health, CB Cares Educational Foundation, Central Bucks School District and the Central Bucks Family YMCA.

Children deal with stress every day. From simple things like homework, to more complex issues like academics and peer pressure, they are required to adapt to new situations. One of the most important ways parents can help their children cope with stress is to teach them how to recognize their feelings.

When a child is feeling stressed, they may experience a range of feelings from anger to fear, and they may not understand why. Helping your child deal with stress at a young age will arm them with coping skills to manage stress as they grow.

Resilient Kids: Building A Stress-Busting Toolkit

The Central Bucks Family YMCA, in collaboration with Doylestown Health, CB Cares Educational Foundation, and the Central Bucks School District, is offering a program for local families about managing stress.

Resilient Kids Activities

Students will engage in fun, creative activities to teach them strategies to take back control when things don't go their way. Activities include:

  • Stress-busting physical activities in the gym that teach teamwork and how to release stress in a healthy manner.
  • Brief intro to yoga, to learn about breathing and relaxation techniques.
  • Pound: A fun, interactive, heart-pumping workout with light-weight drumsticks.
  • Discussion about stress and anxiety with Michelle Grossman, Central Bucks graduate, mother and meteorologist on NBC 10.
  • "Worry box" craft to help children learn to emotionally release their anxieties.
  • Pizza party.

Parent Discussion

Parents are invited to an optional panel discussion with area professionals to gain insight on helping children manage stress. Panelists include:

  • Amy O'Neill, MS, adolescent behavioral therapist
  • Jennifer Horan, Central Bucks School District student support therapist
  • Marion Mass, MD, pediatrician

A keynote presentation will be given by Amy O'Neill, MS, on strategies to help your children deal with stress and anxiety, including how to be a good role model. Following the presentation, parents can have their questions answered by our panel of experts.

Resilient Kids Event Details

When:

Saturday, March 12
Kids: 1 to 4 pm (12:30 pm check-in)
Parents: 1 to 2:30 pm

Where:

Central Bucks Family YMCA
2500 Lower State Road
Doylestown, PA 18901

The event is free and open to the public, but spaces are limited.

Learn more and register

Parent Positive Speaker Series

Resilient Kids: Building A Stress-Busting Toolkit is part of the Parent Positive speaker series. Parent Positive is a collaboration among CB Cares Educational Foundation, Doylestown Health, the Central Bucks School District and the Central Bucks Family YMCA to offer free education for local families on important health topics affecting the community.

Upcoming programs include:

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