Want to reduce anxiety?
Use a transitional item, that can be HELD.
- Awake to Sleep (blanket, pillow, stuffy)
- T2 to the Finish Line (running sticks)
- House to School (mini-stuffy)
- Home to Hotel (pillow, sleep stuff, favorite PJs)
Many parents wonder if they should “toughen the kid up” by taking away the transitional item.
As soon as a kid grew attached to a blanket, or stuffy, we’d purchase two more and stash them someplace safe.
If we ever forgot to do this… regret!
Our little ones aren’t little anymore. Their blankets/stuffies still give them comfort.
Not just kids!
- Travel pillow
- Phone, water bottle or purse
- “Lucky” socks
For situations where you are prone to anxiety, create a talisman.
I learned to doodle when the kids were young. When we came across a little one, who was struggling…
What’s your favorite animal, amigo?
Here ya’ go, matey!
Why yes, you CAN keep it…
Sometimes, we all we need is a distraction.
Kids get a bit wild when you arrive at a new location?
Have them bring enough stuff that they have to set up their room, or bed, upon arrival.
Buys you a bit of time to relax after the drive.
We can’t eliminate life’s challenges.
With a small effort to up-skill ourselves…
We can cut them in half.
Final tip: teach your kids to NEVER take things away from someone.
- Exchange, or
- Wait your turn
All this stuff works great on adults. You’ll see it used a lot in sales and high-stress situations.
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