As a parent to children with anxiety or OCD, our “normal” wasn’t that “normally” anyway. But now this new normal is taking us to new heights of abnormal.
In this week’s podcast episode I tackle the most common struggles parents are having as they continue to raise kids with anxiety and OCD during this pandemic.
Raising a child during a pandemic is a BIG challenge. But when you add anxiety and OCD to the mix, it can be a tall order to handle.
When you are a parent raising kids with anxiety or OCD you can encounter some awkward situations. Like what do you do when a close friend says ignorant things about your child’s anxiety or OCD. Or how do you handle sleepovers when you know your child might not make it through the night?
How to Help Kids Handle “What-If” Worries Anxiety loves the What if game. What if…I die? What if …you die? What if… I throw up? What if…the world explodes? When kids play the What if game with anxiety, they will almost always lose. In this week’s Ask the Child Therapist Kid/Teen Youtube video, I talk to kids about how to handle What-if thoughts and stop them […]
Our kids are home indefinitely. Classes are cancelled. Parties, sporting events and extracurriculars – all gone for now. Many of our pantries look like we are waiting for a hurricane to hit.
So how are we supposed to help our kids not panic?
How are we supposed to help our kids develop a new routine and not go stir crazy?
How are we supposed to keep our own anxiety in check so it doesn’t rub off on our children?
Our kids worry about death. They worry about disease. They worry about germs. And even if they don’t worry about those things now, who’s to say they won’t start? So how are we supposed to explain the Coronavirus to kids with anxiety or OCD?
No one likes the idea of throw up. No one likes getting sick. But when you have a child with Emetophobia (the fear of throwing up), they are consumed with the idea of throw up. Will they see someone who throws up? Will they throw up? Will they catch something that will make them throw up?
Many of us fantasized what parenthood would look like way before we had children. Our ideas of parenthood might have been solidified in early childhood, as we tucked our baby doll in her toy crib. Or it may have been dreamt about the moment we knew we were about to become a parent.
Anxious kids often have a hidden superpower. They are some of the kindest human beings on this planet. They are thoughtful, considerate and empathetic.They can soak up other people’s emotions and feel other people’s pain. So what happens when they become the target of a mean child. A child who is the opposite of thoughtful. The opposite of considerate. The opposite of empathetic.
You make the appointments. You drive your child each week. You hand over your credit card. But how do you really know if your child’s therapy is working. What should you look for? What are some red flags? Therapy can be time consuming and expensive, so it is important you know you are on the right track sooner rather than later!
Motivating Kids by Asking, “What is Anxiety or OCD Ruining for You?” It can be hard to motivate kids to work on anxiety or OCD. It can be a hard sell to tell them that the more they do hard things, the easier it will become. Anxiety or OCD can be demanding and convincing. So how are we supposed to motivate our kids to work […]
When I began my journey parenting kids with anxiety or OCD, it was a lonely experience – and I am an anxiety and OCD child therapist! I felt my judgement was questioned. I felt the diagnoses were questioned.I felt like my parenting was questioned.
To tell or not to tell. That is a common question I get asked by both parents and children alike. Is it a good idea for their friends to know they have anxiety or OCD? Could it be harmful?