Big feelings can be hard to handle at any age!


Riley the Brave is a great tool to help you and your children make sense of complicated emotions and experiences.

Are you struggling with a child who…

Refuses to do basic tasks?

Disrespects or ignores you?

Has over-the-top angry outbursts?

Often lies or steals?


The same skills that have helped other kids just aren’t working, and you’re wondering, “Why?”

It’s a brain thing!

Let’s start with that tricky time of day…


Bedtime! Try this to change the nightly battles into opportunities for connection. Keep scrolling for more free resources designed just for you!

There are many reasons a child’s brain may be wired to operate in “defense mode.” Children who have had a tough start in life often enter relationships with behavioral baggage that can be overwhelming. Riley the Brave and the supportive afterword are here to help! If you’re looking for even more resources, you’re in the right place.

Tips for healthy and successful bedtime

Bedtime for Brave Cubs

Click the pictures for more from author Jessica Sinarski, LPCMH


Guest appearance on The Fringy Bit, a podcast for parents of gifted and “differently wired kids


Posters make great reminders to encourage more “Upstairs Brain Moments”


Guest appearance:

What every parent needs to know about the brain!

Making brain science practical

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Guest appearance on The Fringy Bit, a podcast for parents of gifted and “differently wired kids

8 printable, full-color activity cards with game ideas and key

Activity Cards

Tool for discussion with key

I Had a Moment

Easy send-home slip to replace or augment current behavior management communication with parents

I Had a Moment – Home Communication

Breathing exercise

Power Up to Calm Down

Printable poster for classroom or counselor’s office

Brave Kids Club Poster

Play tips and activities for fun and connection

Healing Power of Play


Quick read with foundational principles and tips for use

Tips for Teachers

Includes tips for implementation

School Counselor


Colorful masks of Riley, his safe big critter and Jorge the frog

Printable Masks

Discussion and activity guide to help with lesson planning.


Easy activity for identifying “safe big critters” and family members in a way that is gentle for children in difficult living situations

All About Me

Coloring page with take-home for parents

Today we talked about…

Activity for continuing to integrate types of courage

Today I Will Be Brave

Builds language skills

Riley the Brave Word Search


Educational supplement to Riley the Brave

Afterword E-book

Tips for healthy and successful bedtime

Bedtime for Brave Cubs

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