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Bestselling Author Dr. Tonya Crombie Teaches Stressed-Out Parents of Anxious Children How to Find Peace in the Midst of the COVID-19 Storm



(NEW YORK). Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Institutes of Health estimated that 1 in 3 children will be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder by the time they are age 18.

But now, with the ongoing interruption to normal school routines and chronic social isolation caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, children are feeling more anxious than ever. A recent meta-analysis conducted by the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that “[c]hildren and adolescents are probably more likely to experience high rates of depression and most likely anxiety during and after enforced isolation ends.” Even more concerning, Child Mind Institute ( reports that 80% of anxious children and adolescents do not get the help they need.

Yet one expert says that, with a little help, parents are the ones best suited to create the emotional and psychological support systems for calming their anxious children – provided those parents learn how to manage their own anxiety first.

“Parents of anxious children must care for themselves, both mentally and physically, so they can provide a calm harbor for a child in the midst of the storm,” says Dr. Tonya Crombie, a certified life coach, speaker, and bestselling author of Stop Worrying About Your Anxious Child: How to Manage Your Child’s Anxiety So You Can Finally Relax. “While most parents are perfectly willing to sacrifice their own wellbeing for the sake of their child, parents don’t realize that they are not able to be the parent they need to be for their anxious child unless they care for themselves first.”

For Dr. Crombie, anxiety in parents and children is not just a professional or an academic interest, but is very personal. She is the mom of two teenagers who have struggled with stress, overwhelm, and anxiety – one of whom recently tested positive for COVID-19. “My experience as a parent of anxious children informs all of my work as a coach, speaker, and writer,” she says. “At the heart of everything I do is the desire to help people thrive in the high-pressure, stressful world in which we live.”

For both parents and children who need help managing anxious thoughts, Dr. Crombie offers the following quick steps: Recognize, Remember, Return.

First: Recognize the anxious feelings when they occur. “So many of us have been operating with constant feelings of stress and anxiety that those feelings tend to go unnoticed,” Dr. Crombie says. “We operate on autopilot so much of the time that we hardly notice we are worrying about the future, or our loved ones, or our job. Simply becoming aware and recognizing this when it happens is more than half the battle.”

Second: Remember that anxiety is a normal response to stress. According to Dr. Crombie, the human brain is designed to be vigilant to potential danger, and the body interprets this instinctual need for self-preservation as anxiety. “Your brain is wired to do this. It’s totally normal,” she says. “Instead of trying to battle your design, accepting that this is normal and that your brain and body are working exactly the way they are supposed to actually starts to make you feel a little better.”

Third: Return to the present. Dr. Crombie explains that anxious thoughts usually come from dwelling on things that may or may not happen in the future. The secret is to come back to the present, and one way to do that is to focus on breathing. “Concentrate on taking long, slow, deep breaths. Truly notice the inhale and the exhale. Feel the temperature of the air as you breath in and out. Notice the rise and fall of your chest,” she suggests. “This super-easy breathing technique can help you return to the present.”

And, according to Dr. Crombie, this focus technique can be utilized with any of the physical senses, not just breathing. “Simply notice what you see in great detail right in this moment. Or focus on what you hear right now. Or focus on what you feel right now – for example, feel your clothes against your skin, or the weight of your body as you stand or sit,” she suggests. “One simple tip I use is to feel my feet by wiggling my toes. Any these techniques can bring you out of the fearful future and back into the peaceful present.”

“Anxiety is on the rise in American children as well as with the parents that are watching their kids in this struggle,” says Dr. Paul M. Friedberg, a licensed psychologist with more than 25 years of experience working with children and parents. “In her book, Dr. Crombie presents insightful, practical help that will make parents feel more grounded and have a better understanding of how they place ‘meaning’ into their children’s behavior and lives. I will recommend this book to parents in my practice who continue to struggle with their child’s anxiety.”

In spite of the hardships brought about by the pandemic, Dr. Crombie believes there is a potential for good to come from it. “When I look at the children who have gone through so much the past year – school closures, loss of loved ones, loss of family income, and so many other losses – I see the potential for these children to rise above these hardships much in the way that children overcame the hardships of the Great Depression to become the greatest generation,” Dr. Crombie says. “I sincerely believe that if we parents are able to give our kids the right kinds of assistance, without overdoing it, this generation of kids will astound us with how well they ultimately come through these difficult times.”

Tonya Crombie has a PhD in industrial and organizational psychology and an MBA. She is a certified life coach through the Martha Beck Institute and is a requested speaker on the topics of parenting anxious children, leadership, identification and management of strengths, and navigating the way forward when the way is not clear.  Dr. Crombie’s work has been featured in The Invisible Illness, P.S. I Love You, Be Unique, and Candour.

To connect with Dr. Tonya Crombie, or to learn more about her book, Stop Worrying About Your Anxious Child: How to Manage Your Child’s Anxiety So You Can Finally Relax, visit

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TOP 30 Finalist Moving to Phase II of The National Black Business Pitch Competition



The National Black Business Pitch (NBBP) is a virtual competition designed to connect Black-owned businesses to corporations who are looking to expand and diversify their supply chain with new products and services.

These thirty businesses have advanced to the final competition and the opportunity to win cash prizes of up to $10,000. The final competition will consist of a 2-day live virtual event, August 17 & 18, 2021, where the business owner will Pitch his or her business to multiply corporations from across the United States.

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If your corporation desires to do business with Black-owned, founded, or controlled businesses throughout the United States, you too want to get in on the action. Become a sponsor today and join forces with other corporations like  The Walt Disney Company, Honda, AT&T, SRP, & Delta and support the NBBP. You may also register to view the live competition at

Follow us on Facebook and join WBEC-West LIVE on Facebook, August 30th to hear the winners of the NBBP (The National Black Business Pitch).  

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PROGRAM 15 Announces Collaboration with Southern Nevada Preparatory Athletics For New Balance Future Stars Series Amateur Player Development Events



PROGRAM 15 and New Balance Baseball continue their unwavering commitment to change the game of baseball, announcing their collaboration with Southern Nevada Preparatory Athletics.

In partnership with Southern Nevada Preps, the New Balance Future Stars Series will identify teams and players across the country to compete in fall tournaments throughout Las Vegas, Arizona, Southern California, Northern California, and the Northwest.

During the fall regional tournaments, elite players will be identified by PROGRAM 15’s National Staff of former Major League Players, Coaches, and Scouts to participate in fall signature events this year. Teams from surrounding states will participate in 4 age groups (17/18U, 16U, 15U, 14U) with a 3-game minimum using NHSF Rules.

Southern Nevada Preps will operate tournament events in conjunction with the New Balance Future Stars Series brand in beginning with The Las Vegas Fall Super Regional, which kicks off September 10th with games played at college and high school fields located in the Henderson, Las Vegas, and Southern Nevada area.

Jeremy Booth, PROGRAM 15 Founder, CEO and President of Baseball Operations for The New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series said, “Robert and SNP are professionals. You can feel the energy from the minute he speaks and it’s contagious. We’re looking forward to the relationship and growing together for players on the West Coast for years to come.”

Since its inception in 2016, The New Balance Future Stars Series has impacted over 15,000 athletes all over the world. As the Official Global Grassroots Player Identification and Development Program for New Balance Baseball, PROGRAM 15 is backed by decades of Pro Baseball Scouting experience. Their highly-skilled scouting staff provides amateur players in-depth and credible evaluations they can trust because they are the same credible evaluations that are trusted by Major League scouts and college coaches across the country.

For more information on The New Balance Future Stars Series Las Vegas Fall Super Regional as well as other events visit

Southern Nevada Preparatory Athletics aims to bring quality baseball league play and tournaments to the Southern Nevada region. SN Preps events provide exceptional competition and positive exposure. To learn more visit

PROGRAM 15 boasts a faculty and staff that includes multiple Major League All-Stars and World Series veterans responsible for executing the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series, an initiative between the two organizations to elevate the game of baseball by providing amateur players across all economic levels an opportunity to reach their full potential through the training, development, and guidance of former MLB players, scouts, and coaches. For more information on PROGRAM 15 and the Future Stars Series, visit or @program15bb and @ftrstarsseries on Twitter.

New Balance Athletics, headquartered in Boston, MA has the following mission: Demonstrating responsible leadership, we build global brands that athletes are proud to wear, associates are proud to create and communities are proud to host. Manufactured in the U.S. for more than 75 years and representing a limited portion of our U.S. sales, New Balance MADE U.S. is a premium collection that contains a domestic value of 70% or greater. New Balance owns and operates four factories in New England and one in Flimby, U.K. New Balance employs more than 7,000 associates around the globe and in 2020 reported worldwide sales of $3.3 billion. To learn more about New Balance, please visit and for the latest press information please visit

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Resolute Media CEO Announces Brisbane THRIVE Initiative for Local Businesses



Resolute Media CEO, Brian Richards, has revealed a new initiative for local Brisbane, Queensland businesses, to be launched officially in the first week of September, 2021.

Called the Brisbane THRIVE Initiative, this project will seek to assist local South East Queensland businesses in Australia, especially those who are continuing to feel the impact of the pandemic.

“Business is a challenge for smaller operations at the best of times,” said Richards, “Given the additional hurdles continuing to be faced, we want to make the best traffic, training and tools we have available to interested Brisbane businesses.”

Richards has decades of experience in employing digital technologies to support business outcomes. He is keen to provide more immediate, practical, evidence-based support for the small business sector.

Resolute Media has already begun work on the infrastructure and systems needed to start rolling out the Brisbane THRIVE Initiative from early September through to the end of 2021 and potentially ongoing, depending on the feedback and outcomes experienced.

“We have always believed in leading with value,” Richards explained, “That has meant creating results in advance for clients wherever possible. We have now expanded and formalised that long-held business philosophy in our new credo of Proof Over Promises.”

Richards asserts that Proof Over Promises principles will underpin all aspects of the Brisbane THRIVE Initiative. This means that local business owners will be afforded numerous weekly opportunities to test out for themselves a broad range of cutting edge marketing technologies, at no cost and with no obligations. A number of these resources are proprietary and exclusive to Resolute Media, who will fund the initial availability of these assets.

The marketing systems firm will also provide comprehensive training, tools and traffic options on a complimentary basis from September onwards. It is devoting August to setting up structures, preliminary testing and seeking feedback from interested parties.

Those parties will include local Brisbane charities and groups, who have also been severely impacted by the pandemic. Resolute Media will be looking for opportunities to support these non-profits in a number of projects under consideration for this year.

Further information can be obtained by emailing [email protected] A dedicated website and social media presence are also being created to provide regular updates leading up to the launch of the Brisbane THRIVE Initiative in early September, 2021.

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