Helping your child harness their imagination

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You could help your child harness their imagination, boy or girl, by making it fun. It’s such an amazing thing to watch kids connect with their imagination. They’re so connective anyway from a early age. And, so, what you do is, you make it a game. Even when you’re driving in a car, and you see a billboard, say, for an African safari, you go, “What would it be like if we went there and you were next to an elephant? Wouldn’t that be great?” Or, if you’re at home at the dinner table, you could bring up games like, "What if?" Or, if they’re young, you could say, “Mommy has a new game for you. It’s called, "A Balloon Breath,” and that starts the process of going inside. Or, if they’re a teenager or a tween, and you want to focus on what’s important to them. Do they want to do better at school? Do they want to do better at sports? “Hey, can we have a new way of figuring that out? It’s right inside you.”

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Charlotte Reznick, PhD

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Charlotte Reznick, PhD, is a child educational psychologist, a former UCLA Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, and author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling book, The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success. Dr. Reznick is also creator of Imagery For Kids: Breakthrough for Learning, Creativity and Empowerment, a mindful, positive coping skills program, and writer/producer of several therapeutic relaxation CDs for children, teens and parents. In addition to her private practice, she is a frequent media consultant, and teaches workshops internationally on the healing power of children's imagination.

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