20 Things You Can Say to Help an Angry Child

20 Things to Say to Help an Angry Child

So what do you say to an angry child? Does it matter if the child is your client, student, or your own offspring? Do you find yourself reacting differently depending on who is in emotional distress? It really shouldn’t matter, but all too often it does. I speak from experience on this one! Every once in a while, it feels like working with 1,500 other people’s kids is easier than managing my own children…why is it any different? After all, I just said it shouldn’t matter…It all has to do with emotional investment. When we are overly invested emotionally, we take …


18 Coping Skills: Strategies for Children and Teens

18 easy coping skills for kids and teens

Coping skills have been a pretty popular topic for discussion over on The Helpful Counselor Facebook Page. So many great ideas were shared that I thought it would be a good to write a coping skills blog post to have them in one place. 🙂 Here are some of the great coping skill strategies (in no particular order): #1 Homemade Stress Balls (w/Playdough): During my counselor training, I was told that you should never ask your students to do something that you have never tried yourself. This is very sound advice as it allows you to work out kinks and …


Manners Matter: What Does the Fox Say Coloring Page Freebie and Activity Pack

Teaching children manners coloring page freebie

During a recent group session, I heard, “Mrs. Thomas, do you know what a fox says?” immediately followed by a chorus of “ring ding ding da ding ding ding” or something to that effect… It didn’t take my kiddos long to realize that I needed to be caught up to speed. “Mrs. Thomas you need to watch the fox song on Youtube.” Ummm…ok…   Honestly, I don’t get it. Maybe it’s a generational thing…However, given the way my students lit up just by the mention of the song I felt that I might be able to use their delight in …

3 Steps to Reduce Disruptive Behavior

Reduce Disruptive Classroom Behavior

Welcome to my classroom management series: Teacher Tip Tuesday! Have you missed a classroom management tip? No worries! You can check them out by clicking on the links below: 11 Strategies to Use with Strong-Willed Children Building Community In The Classroom Positive Behavior Support: Raffle Jar ADHD Testing Accommodations  Welcome to The Helpful Counselor! Please tell us a bit about yourself: My name is Shari Beck, and I am currently a Mathematics professor at Navarro College where I have taught for the past 13 years.  I have a B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction …


11 Strategies to Use with Strong-Willed Children

11 Tips for working with strong-willed children

I’m super excited to have Colleen, from the One Stop Counseling Shop, stopping by The Helpful Counselor to share strategies to use when working with a strong-willed (or defiant) child. Welcome! Tell us a bit about yourself: My name is Colleen and I’m a school social worker in a small rural district in Illinois. My caseload consists of general education and special education students who need help with social skills, conflict resolution skills, problem-solving skills, and general help getting through the day. This year, I work with grades 2-6, but have worked with all grades K-12 in past years! I’m passionate …

Building Community In The Classroom

classroom management Teacher tip tues elementary counseling

Welcome to Teacher Tip Tuesday, where classroom management tips come from those in the classroom! If you’ve missed the last two classroom management tips you can read about (and snag a free printable) using raffle tickets here or ADHD testing accommodations here. Today Shelley, from The Perks of Teaching Primary, shares the resources she uses to set up a supportive classroom community. Welcome! Please tell us a little bit about yourself: I am Shelley Rolston. I have two beautiful teenage daughters at home and three dogs, Rascal (Havanese), Lilly (Chihuahua) and Kailey (Australian Kelpie). The special man in my life is …