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How Music Affects Mental Health

Music is a powerful tool for mood regulation and stress. The best part is, it’s always available to anyone who needs it. Read more »

Can Music Improve Our Health and Quality of Life?

Music boosts our mood and well-being, and music therapy may help  with treatment for certain health conditions. Read more »

How Listening to Music Can Have Psychological Benefits

Listening to music can be entertaining, and some research suggests that it might even make you healthier. Music can be a source of pleasure and contentment, but there are many other psychological benefits as well. Music can relax the mind, energize the body, and even help people better manage pain. Read more »

Resources for Talking to Children About War and Global Conflict

The resources on this page provide parents, educators and other caring adults with age-appropriate tips and guidance on helping children process and cope with their feelings about humanitarian crises. Read more »

8 Tips for Talking to Your Children About Conflict and War

When conflict or war makes the headlines, it can cause feelings such as fear, sadness, anger and anxiety wherever you live. Here are some tips on how to approach the conversation with your child and to provide them with support and comfort. Read more »

How to Talk With Kids About the War in Gaza and Israel

Parents and families across the world have been distressed by the war in Gaza and Israel. Those who are there (or who are connected to the people of the region) may grieve for loved ones who have been killed or fear harm and devastation.

Parents everywhere struggle to understand what’s happening and how to feel about it, and to talk with our kids about the images as well as the absence of humanity and compassion they see in the news and on social media. Read more »

Use Your Words, Not Your Hands— Emotional Regulation Strategies to Avoid Outbursts

Building a sophisticated emotions vocabulary helps children identify and communicate different types of feelings, which in turn helps them manage emotions in productive ways, instead of hitting, acting out, or withdrawing. Read more »

Talking to Children about War [downloadable]

International wars and conflict enhance our sense of danger and may cause worry about what will happen in the days and weeks ahead. A range of emotions (e.g., outrage, fear, anxiety and sorrow) are common and can change as the situation evolves. Read more »

4 Ways to Help Children Manage Emotions

Finding effective ways to help your child cope with big emotions has never been more important—or difficult! Here are some suggestions for what to do when your kids or teenagers express big feelings, like sadness, anger, and anxiety. Read more »

How to Help a Highly Emotional Child Cope With Big Feelings

At any age, crying is a normal response to being overwhelmed by strong feelings, like anger, fear, stress, or even happiness. Some children, however, cry more than others. Those same children may get angry more often, feel frustrated faster, and get overly excited compared to their peers too. Read more »

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