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Be Brave (for Pre-Teens) Helping Pre-Teens Overcome Anxiety & Worry

Be Brave (for Pre-Teens) Helping Pre-Teens Overcome Anxiety & Worry

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Helping pre-teens overcome anxiety & worry. 

Are you ready to help your pre-teen learn how they can take charge of their anxious thoughts and change them into positive, helpful ones?

You already know that your pre-teen needs strategies to develop brave thinking, to overcome stress, anxiety and worry, it's likely you are seeing the effects of these BIG emotions on your pre-teen everyday, even in some small way. 


Now is such an important time in your young persons  life, and development and learning skills now will help them in their mental wellbeing journey as they enter the teenage years ahead

Be Brave (for Pre-Teens) has been created to be a short, fun yet practical approach to understand and reflect and manage the BIG emotions that come with being a pre-teen.

As parents or caregivers too, it is important to remind ourselves and improve our own understanding of what our young people are experiencing (sometimes it feels so long ago!) But understanding this, gives you the tools to guide your pre-teen through this time. 

Start your pre-teen now on a journey that will support them for the days, weeks and  years to come.   

Your pre-teen will learn skills like the following 

Describe the functions of the brain.
Name symptoms of anxiety.
Understand how to use PACE.
Describe the positives and negatives of Social Media.
Understand and apply control circles to personal worries and fears.
Demonstrate and practice changing negative thoughts into positive thoughts.
Break down fears into small achievable steps in order to face and overcome.

Be Brave (for Pre-Teens)  Includes 

6 x videos

12 x worksheets 

1 x Self Reflection Worksheet

3 x strategy sheets (learning selfcare, breathing techniques and distraction techniques) 

Plus we have also created some FREE accompanying downloadable prompts and tools to open up healthy conversations with you and your pre-teen to talk about their mental wellbeing. 

All you have to do is add to cart (don't worry its FREE) and these downloads will automatically be sent to you via email!!! 

Be Brave for pre-teens is a great way for you to improve your understanding of what your pre-teens might be feeling in day to day life, as well as how you as a parent or caregiver can support them to care for their mental health for years to come! 

So add these resources to cart (they will be sent via email ) and start watching the videos now! 


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Video Lesson 1

1. Flipping Your Lid 

This video describes the 3 parts of our brain, and their different functions and purposes.You will learn what happens when your brain senses you are in danger.You will learn about your daily stressors, and what your brain's job is.

Module 1 includes:

Introduction Video2 x worksheets 

Video Lesson 2

2. Unflip Your Lid 

Video 2 explains how your body responds to stress, and how it affects you physically and emotionally.  When you understand how stress and anxiety happen, and how they affect you, then you will be able to recognise and manage these feelings better.

Module 2 includes:

Video 22 x worksheets (PACE) 

Video Lesson 3

3: GLOOMY GLASSES

In this video learn the difference between, 'stinking thinking' and 'cool cat thinking and how to look out for when you are looking at the world through 'gloomy glasses' teaching around positive and negative thought patterns. 

INCLUDES

Video 2 x worksheets 

Video Lesson 4

4. Compare & Despair 

In this video we learn about 'social exclusion' and how our worry watchdog if often on the lookout for this perceived danger.

We learn about how using social media affects us, and how to prevent comparison, by using it for real connection. 

Module 4 includes:

Video 4

2 x worksheets 

Video Lesson 5

5. Worry Whirlpool 

This video explains about the 'worry whirlpool' what is inside, or outside of our control and how to manage worries, learn distraction techniques 

Module 5  includes:

Video 5

2 x Worry Whirlpool worksheets 


Video Lesson 6

6. Fear Ladder 

 

In this video learn about how fear of a BIG dog affected Cat, and how those fears grew and grew until it stopped her from doing the things she needed and wanted to do. Learn techniques to break down the BIG fears into small steps to overcome them.

INCLUDES

Video

2 x Fear Ladder Worksheets 

Extra Resources 

Self Reflection Questions Breathing Strategies info sheet Distraction Strategies info sheet Selfcare Strategies info sheet

 

How To Use These Videos

Background

If you have made it to this page, you are probably a parent or caregiver of a child who is struggling to manage their big feelings.

These courses help children understand why they feel the way they do, and what they can do to manage their emotions.  They will discover a variety of coping skills, so they can feel confident knowing when and how to use each one.

Many of the skills I teach in these courses come from a type of therapy called CBT which helps people learn that their feelings don’t just happen to them all of a sudden, they are determined by their thoughts.

If you can change your thoughts or actions, you can change your feelings also.  This is an awesome discovery to make earlier in life because it can help young people better manage stress as they grow up.  

Top Tips For Using These Courses

TOP TIPS FOR USING THINK AND BE COURSES AT HOME

Start by watching the videos yourself first, and reading the parent’s guides to familiarise yourself with the content.  Apart from the first introductory video, most can be played in any order.

For example, if your child is afraid of going to a school camp, you could skip ahead to the Fear Ladder module, and develop a strategy to overcome their fear using the ladder method.

Children & Pre-teens learn best when they feel safe, connected, and relaxed.  For some that means with you on the couch, others prefer to be doing something else while they listen.

Each child has their own way that they like to take in information.  Maybe they like to binge watch the whole lot or space them apart by a few days.

Maybe they want to watch the same one over and over if it brings them comfort.  The best outcomes come when it is an enjoyable learning experience for them.

View yourself as a coach coming alongside them to encourage and support them, rather than telling them what to do.  Reflect rather than instruct, getting them to do the thinking.  Using phrases like “I wonder if that’s your worry watchdog telling you that? ”Model the strategies and talk aloud about what you are thinking and feeling eg “I’m feeling overwhelmed right now, so I’m going to do some belly breathing in my room now to help me feel calm”

Incorporate the language used into your everyday life as much as possible, and get the whole family on board.

Having a common language and shared strategies is a powerful way to build their coping skills. Don’t feel like they need to grasp and apply every concept that is taught.  Even if one thing sticks, it can be life-changing for them. 

Revisiting the videos as they mature can help them discover new concepts they didn’t grasp first time around.

Coping skills take time to take hold, make time to practice them until it becomes second nature for them.

Why Investing Time Now Is Important

If you want to learn more about how you can support your child to understand their feelings and develop the coping skills they can use to manage their emotions, These courses are a great place to start.

“If children(or adults) came into therapy with a good understanding of how anxiety works, why it happens, and some ways to try to manage it, our work together would go so much more smoothly.  Kids would be able to graduate more quickly, and it would be less of a time and financial investment for parents, caregivers or even themselves"