Author: Renaye Thornborrow

How to Talk with Kids About Grades

Whether kids tend to earn A’s, B’s, C’s, or F’s, kids often define “who they are” based on the grades they receive. “I’m an A-student.” “I’m not very smart.” “I’m an average student.” Unfortunately, when kids label themselves based on grades, it can have a negative impact on their self-esteem — even for “A-students.” If they bring home an A, they feel great about themselves. If they bring home a C...

8 Tips for Breaking the Worry Cycle

Our minds are incredibly powerful. They have the ability to help us create amazing things; or, they can us! The perfect example is worrying. We’ve all experienced worry — it’s a natural human phenomenon. Worry happens when we have thoughts or emotions about a potential threat or problem in the future — something going wrong or something bad happening. Worry can serve a purpose if we us...

Helping Kids Handle “Test Stress”

During the spring, kids across America are preparing for state-mandated tests. For many kids, that means extra stress as they complete additional worksheets, take practice tests, and worry about whether or not they will advance to the next grade level. We call this “test stress.” Test stress often leads to feelings of anxiety, nervousness, and fear, which can have a very negative impac...

If I Feel Self-Doubt Does That Mean I Lack Self-Confidence?

Do you ever experience self-doubt when you’re about to do something new? Do you ever get the jitters and feel nervous? Do you ever wonder where your self-confidence has gone when this happens? Guess what…you’re normal! You’re supposed to feel a little nervous before you do something new because your brain is wired that way to protect you. You see, whenever you experience so...

The Secret Behind Strong Self-Esteem…Teaching Kids to be Their Own BFF (Best Friend Forever)!

There’s nothing like best friends – they see the best in you, believe in you, and pick you up when you feel down. Wouldn’t it be great if your BFF was always with you? And wouldn’t it be great if our children’s BFF was always with them as well? Well that can happen, when you become your own BFF! Now this might sound a little silly but please hear me out. Teaching kids to become their own BFF is th...