Wednesday, September 8, 2010

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Help Children Develop Inner Success

Dear Community,

Parents often tell me they want their kids to be successful. Successful and happy. What does success mean? Of course, for each of us it's different. Some people value outward signs of success for their children, such as good grades, lots of friends, and being a super athlete. Yet as we delve deeper, parents share they really want to help their children develop inner success... the peace, confidence, and self-love that gives them the foundation to develop positive goals in life... and the tools to carry them out.

My new therapeutic relaxation CD, Climbing a Mountain of Success, is designed to be one of those tools. It uses the metaphor of climbing a mountain to represent life's journey, meeting a wise animal friend as an inner support guide offering gifts to reach goals, and embracing the best parts of oneself bringing it all together.

I invite you to listen to a sample at:
and hope you share Climbing a Mountain of Success CD with all the kids in your life (ages 5 to 105).


Dr. Charlotte

Charlotte Reznick Ph.D, author of the forthcoming book, The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success (Perigee/Penguin USA, August 4th, 2009), specializes in helping children and adolescents develop the emotional skills necessary for a happy and successful life. She is a licensed educational psychologist and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at UCLA. Dr. Charlotte is the creator of Imagery For Kids: Breakthrough for Learning, Creativity, and Empowerment and is the author/producer of the therapeutic CDs "Discovering Your Special Place," "Creating a Magical Garden and Healing Pond," and "Climbing a Mountain of Success." An international workshop leader on the healing power of children's imagination, she maintains a private practice in Los Angeles, California. For more information about her articles, CDs, and speaking, visit or email

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Releasing Stress Through Creativity and Guided Imagery

Dear Community,

It's almost summer and we want our kids to be happy and free. But so many I see in my office are exhausted and super stressed from the pressures of this past school year. How can we transform their lives from stress and anxiety to joy and success?  

I invite you to listen Friday June 5th, 8:00 AM to 9:00AM (U.S. Pacific time) and learn how we can help our children tap into the positive power of their imaginations and make a real difference - this summer... and for the next school year.   Tune in to Voice America's Sheevaun Moran's "Master Your Energy, Master Your Life" radio showI will be interviewed on "Release Stress Through Creativity" and related topics from my upcoming book, The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success (Perigee/Penguin USA) and therapeutic CDs (Discovering Your Special Place, Creating a Magical Garden and Healing Pond, Climbing a Mountain of Success) from 8:15 AM on.  

Log on and listen to the live web streaming radio show from anywhere in the world at  You can call in with Questions at 1-866/472-5795.  And if you miss the show, the interview will be archived on their site and posted on my website, soon after.

I'd love you to tune in and email me your thoughts, concerns, and questions.


Dr. Charlotte

Monday, June 1, 2009

Sleep at the End of the School Year?

Dear Community,

Are the kids in your life having trouble sleeping lately? Mine sure are. With the school year winding down, one might think they're beginning to relax and look forward to summer. Yes, they are looking forward to summer, but no, they are not relaxing. In fact, more and more young ones and teens are coming into my office complaining they are having great difficulty sleeping - a time when relaxation is critical. They can't get their mind to stop, they can't unwind their bodies, they keep worrying about today and tomorrow. 

With all the stress and anxiety kids are facing - at school, with friends, and even with their families - they are unconsciously programming their own minds to do exactly what they don't want: not sleep.  But it can be turned around. Relaxation, guided imagery and meditaton - all close cousins - are powerful ways kids can learn to sleep by reprograming their minds with their imaginations. 

From my Article archive and in honor of the focus this week on sleep from a wonderful website
Using Imagery to Create 
A Soothing Blanket of Sleep

It's the end of the day. You're tired. You've worked hard. The children have finally gone to bed. You're looking forward to some peace and quiet by yourself. All of a sudden you hear the cries of your normally loving youngster: "I can't sleep!" Or, your teen charges into the room and insists that they can't fall asleep because they're worrying about an exam the next day - a recent argument with their best friend - or a problem with their teacher. Wouldn't you like them to learn a technique to help let go of worries and tensions of the day and fall asleep peacefully and easily? 

Guided imagery has been an especially effective tool in alleviating many kinds of sleep disturbances. When children and adolescents have difficulty sleeping at night, imagery can offer a soothing and comforting way to drift off into dreams. Children discover their own solutions by using tools such as meeting a wise 'animal' friend for advice or receiving a special gift to help fall asleep. 

for the rest of the article and more ways guided imagery can help your child and the children you work with. And be sure to visit for many more viewpoints on sleep.

Many blessings,

Dr. Charlotte

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Children's Meditation: Many Ways to Connect Within

Mallika's Chopra's post on about the TM movement and children's meditation touched my heart and reminded me how I've been quietly helping children meditate for the past 25 years, not  calling it "meditation." At least not till recently. Because when I started in the inner city schools in Los Angeles, it was not possible to mention the word meditate. Knowing the positive power of the breath, and following my own Eastern practice, instead I taught the "balloon breath," which of course is a basic form of  meditation. "It's the way in" one young child informed me. The way in to the vast inner world that awaits each of us when we slow down and connect to our core wisdom. 

Here's a sample script from my forthcoming book, The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success (Perigee/Penguin NY, August 4, 2009). I find that  a child as young as four can learn this. I often start with three balloon breaths eyes opened, followed by three balloon breaths eyes closed. Slowly work your way up to a minute, then add another minute every two weeks till you reach five minutes. And if you find you're wanting more, lots of variations will be found in the book - or perhaps in another post. 

Many blessings,

Dr. Charlotte

“Imagine blowing up a balloon. Then picture letting the air out slowly, until the balloon goes flat. Can you see it? In a minute, we’re going to pretend your stomach is a balloon. You’re going to take a deep breath in, all the way down to your lower belly, hold it for a few seconds, then let it go gently.

“Get ready by putting your hands on your belly, about two inches below your bellybutton. Good.

“Now, take a few minutes to think about your breathing. Take a slow deep breath. Feel it going in and out… in and out. That’s right. Breathe slowly so your belly and your hands rise and fall. Good.

“Let’s breathe in even slower – to the count of one…two…three.

“Now breathe out just as slowly…one…two…three.

“Take a few minutes to practice…

 “When you’re ready, pay attention to your hands and your feet. Where are they? What are they touching?

“Now open your eyes slowly.”



Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Teenage Stress - Implications for Adult Health

We all know that stress affects us. We see its effects in our clear (or not) thinking, our shorter fuses, our tired bodies at the end of the day. We also figure our kids are resilient and can get through a lot of what life doles out. However, here's an alert for its long-term affects on our youth.

A new study through UCLA (Andrew J. Fuligni and colleagues) has shown that normal teens who reported negative interpersonal interactions (with family, friends, or school personnel), experienced stress that not only affected their psychological state, but were associated with higher levels of an inflammatory marker (C-reactive protein, CRP). CRP has been associated with developing cardiovascular disease later in life. 

Mark Wheeler from UCLA writes the results suggest "the association of interpersonal stress with inflammation exists regardless of individual teens' psychological appraisal of stressful experiences or any tendency to be particularly sensitive to social rejection." 

Go to the UCLA Newsroom website "Teenage Stress Has Implications for Adult Health" for the full article.

What to do? Arm your kid with stress-busting practices such as the "balloon breath," a basic form of meditation. Meditation has been shown to be a great antidote to the stresses of modern life. You'll be able to read more about this and other transformational tips in my upcoming book, The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success, being published by Perigee/Penguin NY August 4th ( for preorders).

Dr. Charlotte

Monday, March 9, 2009

Welcome back and Intro to

It's been ages since I've blogged and all because I've been hard at work finishing up my new book, The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success to be published August 4th, 2009 by Perigee/Penguin NY. I'm thrilled and hope the information will help many, many families and professionals.

Today I want to introduce you to a wonderful website, It's a premier wellness site where people can connect and support each other's intentions relating to personal, social, and global wellness.

Deepak Chopra, Don Miquel Ruiz, Debbie Ford, Marianne Williamson, Larry Dossey, Ed Begley Jr., Barbara Marx Hubbard, Fran Drescher, and Russell Simmons all contribute to Intent. And now, so do I. In fact, just for today they are featuring one of my articles on their Home page with three other contributors. Just go to and look for the box of changing photos near the top of the page and click to the right, "Can't Sleep? Try Imagery." Deepak Chopra is also featured today with "What is Dharma."

His daughter, Mallika, created the site out of her dream to "create a place where we can all find inspiration, connect with others, and become who we aspire to be as individuals, as a society, and as a planet."

I invite you to this special site and hope you all find inspiration and connection.

Dr. Charlotte