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5 ideas to help kids handle stressful situations


Friends dropped by with their kids two Sundays ago.    They were like rung out rags.    Mr 9 year old narrowly lost both a basketball grand final on Saturday morning and an Aussie Rules final on the Sunday morning.     Miss 4 year old narrated the two games for us. And like most kids of this age with few social filters, she gave us far too much information. She said, “Joe* cried when the basketball lost. He was sad. And mummy was sad too!”   Yep, parents and kids felt a bit flat.    But their parents had the perfect antidote - adaptive distancing.   They were spending that afternoon walking and fishing at a nearby beach. Okay they didn’t know they were engaging in some adaptive distancing. They were just doing what came naturally, which is great.    Adaptive distancing is a st...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)


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