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Were you uninvited to a birthday party, laughed at by a group of mean girls, or maybe even bullied? If you had some tough times in elementary, middle, or high school, it’s easy to inadvertently be projecting your own experiences onto your child as they develop their own social group.

Last week’s Securely Attached episode was all about peer rejection in toddlerhood—how to make space for a dialogue, develop a growth mindset, and help your child build their compassion, empathy, and social awareness.

While the fundamentals are the same, peer rejection in elementary or pre-teen child years can be much more nuanced. So Dr. Emily Upshur of Upshur Bren Psychology Group is back to help parents of older kiddos learn how best to support them, when to step in, how much emotional scaffolding to provide, and some key indicators that it may be time to seek professional help.

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74. You can’t sit with us: How to handle peer rejection in early adolescence with Dr. Emily Upshur

How to handle peer rejection in early adolescence

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31. It’s not about me: How to not take your child’s behavior so personally with Kim John Payne

Kim John Payne and I discuss ways parents can become a safe and secure base for their child of any age, review Kim’s 3 T’s (time, team and tone) and how they can serve as your guide in your parent-child interactions, and offer mindset shifts you can make to feel more capable, confident and effective in helping your child (and yourself!) get through emotional moments.

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