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NATICK – SPARK Kindness will present a free online event for caregivers and parents on how to deal with back-to-school worries on Thursday night, September 24.

Pre-registration is required.

As we navigate a school year like no other, parents need strategies to help children (and themselves!) manage the worry, disappointment and uncertainty of our current pandemic-dominated environment. This presentation describes the skills needed to help manage emotions, including how to increase flexibility, tolerate uncertainty, communicate effectively and replace catastrophic thinking with problem-solving.

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The workshop will be presented by Lynn Lyons, who has been a psychotherapist for over 25 years and specializes in the treatment of anxious children and their parents, with a special interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families.

She is the co-author with Reid Wilson of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children and the companion book Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids.

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Lyons also created a self-help DVD program for parents entitled Decreasing Anxiety: How to Talk to Your Anxious Child.

In addition to her private practice in Concord NH, she presents internationally to mental health and medical providers, educators, school nurses, and parents. She is known for her focus on providing concrete, usable skills and her integration of humor, homework, and clinical hypnosis. Additional information about can be found at her website:

To register for the 7 p.m. event on September 24, click here.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.