Teaching Kids to Accept the Worst Case Scenario to Reduce Anxiety

Teaching Kids to Accept the Worst Case Scenario to Reduce Anxiety

What if I throw up? What if I get sick? What if I fail that test? What if they don’t like me? Kids with anxiety have tons of what if’s. More often than not, to help reduce anxiety we reassure them that these “bad” things aren’t going to happen.

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PSP 127: How to Help a Child with Lockdown Drills & Why it Should be Discussed

PSP 127: How to Help a Child with Lockdown Drills & Why it Should be Discussed

The kids are huddled in the corner of the room. It is dark. It is quiet. They are told not to talk. They are told to hide behind objects and lock the classroom door. Some kids are shaking. Some kids have wide eyes. This is not an emergency situation. These are lockdown drills.

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PSP 126: Child Anxiety from a Father’s Perspective

PSP 126: Child Anxiety from a Father’s Perspective

We all see anxiety differently. We bring our own baggage, or own history and our own issues along for the ride. Often moms and dads see anxiety differently. Sometimes it can be the source of disagreements and hurt feelings. And sometimes it can open our eyes to a new way of looking at things. How often do we view child anxiety from a father’s perspective?

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How to Help Your Sensitive Child Cope When People are Angry

How to Help Your Sensitive Child Cope When People are Angry

Are you upset? Are you mad? Are you mad at me? These are the questions that many anxious kids desperately ask when people around them aren’t happy. There is good reason for it, sensitive children feel people’s emotions. I mean really feel them. So how do you help your sensitive child?

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PSP 125: Don’t Treat Your Child’s Sensory Related Anxiety the Same as their Other Anxiety Issues

PSP 125: Don’t Treat Your Child’s Sensory Related Anxiety the Same as their Other Anxiety Issues

Bumpy socks, lumpy food, loud noises, large crowds, startling automatic toilet flushers… are just a few things that can completely overwhelm some of our anxious kids. But don’t make the mistake of putting them in the same category with all your child’s other anxiety issues.

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Teach Kids How to Take the Power Back from Anxiety or OCD

Teach Kids How to Take the Power Back from Anxiety or OCD

Anxiety and OCD want to rule the show. They want to be in control. They wants to make all the first moves. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can teach your kids how to take the power back. How to not only react to anxiety or OCD, but how to purposely poke back.

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PSP 124: How Your Childhood Influences How You Parent an Anxious Child

PSP 124: How Your Childhood Influences How You Parent an Anxious Child

You are learning how to be a parent from a very young age, even from toddlerhood. Seriously! Everything you see, every interaction you have, will impact how you parent your own children. This can be inspiring or daunting depending on what type of childhood you had. But regardless of whether it was good, bad or in between you get to decide how your childhood influences your parenting. This is especially true when you parent an anxious child.

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PSP 123: Developing Good Incentives to Get Kids to Work on Anxiety or OCD

PSP 123: Developing Good Incentives to Get Kids to Work on Anxiety or OCD

When we ask our kids to face their fears, it can be like asking them to jump off a cliff. Swim with sharks. Jump out of an airplane. All of which I know I would never want to do. That is why offering good incentives is key when trying to get kids to work on anxiety or OCD.

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Helping Your Kids See How Summer is the Time to Work on Anxiety or OCD

Helping Your Kids See How Summer is the Time to Work on Anxiety or OCD

Ahhh. You finally have a nice break. Your child is curled up on the couch with little to no plans of ever moving. And frankly, you feel the same way. It might have been a tough school year of stress, anxiety and challenges. But ironically, there is no better time than the summer to work on anxiety or OCD.

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PSP 122: How to Handle Sibling Fighting

PSP 122: How to Handle Sibling Fighting

The bickering, the fighting, the taunting and teasing. It is enough to drive a parent to the brink of insanity. Seriously! So how you are supposed to handle sibling fighting? Is there some magic fairy dust to make it all go away?

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How to Help Kids Handle Downtime with Anxiety or OCD

How to Help Kids Handle Downtime with Anxiety or OCD

Summer is here and most kids are ecstatic. But kids with anxiety or OCD can feel some dread. Dread over the downtime. Dread over the slow pace that invites anxiety or OCD to take center stage.

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PSP 121: Handling Oppositional Behavior in a Child with OCD or Anxiety

PSP 121: Handling Oppositional Behavior in a Child with OCD or Anxiety

They dig their heels in. They refuse to go. They refuse to eat. They refuse to move. Oppositional behavior in a child with OCD or anxiety can be all consuming.

So, what are you supposed to do?

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PSP 120: When Your Child with Anxiety or OCD Needs to Control the House

PSP 120: When Your Child with Anxiety or OCD Needs to Control the House

Anxiety or OCD can make you feel like you house has been hijacked. It can make you feel like your home is not your own. Having a child with anxiety or OCD can often mean, having a controlling child.

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Teaching Anxious Kids to Back Burner Future Worries

Teaching Anxious Kids to Back Burner Future Worries

Does your child worry weeks and months in advance about things that are happening in the future? Anxious kids are consumed with future worries. It keeps them up at night and gives them stomach pain during the day. Teaching anxious kids how to deal with these worries can significantly reduce their stress.

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PSP 117: Helping a Child with Selective Mutism

PSP 117: Helping a Child with Selective Mutism

Helping a Child with Selective Mutism Selective Mutism can hide behind labels like “shy” and often gets missed by parents, educators and even therapists. I had the pleasure of talking to Patsy Butterworth, a State Coordinator for Selective Mutism.org and a mom to a child with Selective Mutism. Patsy has been a huge advocate for her son through his journey. She now supports other parents, […]

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