What do a bag of chips and loud crunching do to your kids? If you said throw them into a rage, we should talk. Did you know that some of us are triggered by noises? I am not talking about being slightly annoyed, I am talking about an urge to go completely ballistic when hearing these sounds. Let me introduce you to the world of sound rage, better known as Misophonia. Don’t know what that is? Take the Misophonia quiz below to see if it sounds familiar.
She mentioned her stomach hurts for the hundredth time today. Her face lights up when I tell her I am going to take her to the doctor. “When!” She beams, her little body covered in band-aids. I am concerned. My five-year-old is consumed with her health. “Do I have a fever?” She asks. “Do you think I am sick?” She questions. Unfortunately, I have seen this behavior before. As a child therapist, I know exactly where we are headed. We are entering the world of health anxiety.
“You just need to stop babying him!” “She’ll grow out of it. My kids did that too.” “She just needs a good spanking!” Sound familiar? These comments can make your blood boil – and they should! Unsolicited opinions are the worst. But sometimes they aren’t from strangers. Sometimes these comments can come from your closest friends, your aging parents or even your partner. Just because you are related, doesn’t mean they are instantly going to get your anxious child.
In this week’s episode of Ask the Child Therapist, I am answering the question, “How can I help my child with perfectionism?” From perfectionist toddlers to perfectionist teens – children who strive to be perfect are over stressed. Child perfectionism causes tantrums, meltdowns and late nights full of worries. Does your child show signs of perfectionism? Here are some quick tips on how to help.
It is that time of year again – frenzied shopping, experimental baking and party after party. Holidays are many people’s favorite time of year. I love everything about the holidays – except the over stimulation and pace that turns my otherwise well-behaved little children – into gremlins, causing holiday meltdowns.
Do you walk on eggshells trying to help your anxious child? Do you ask yourself, how do I help my anxious kid? There are some simple things you can do to help your child beat anxiety. Here are a few.
Do you know there is a link between Sensory Processing Disorder and Anxiety? It is not a coincidence that kids with SPD often have anxiety.
Being a parent of anxious kids can be exhausting and confusing. Here are 21 things every parent should know and understand about anxious kids.
In this week’s episode of Ask the Therapist a reader asks how to help her daughter overcome her fear of dogs. Do you have a child with a phobia or fear? Learn how to help your child.
In this episode I will answer how to help your child is they are scared to try new things, how a child is born with anxiety and how to help kids socially.
Dear Mom and Dad, It’s me your anxious kid. I know you don’t say it, but my anxiety is draining us both. It’s okay, you can admit it. I see it on your face.
Sometimes anxious kids don’t look anxious. Sometimes they look hyper and unfocused. Unfortunately it is common for these kids to be misdiagnosed with ADHD. Here is why.
For most kids Halloween is all about fun and candy, but for some kids all the focus on blood and gore can make them scared of Halloween. Here’s how to help.