When Your Child’s Feelings of Worry Turn into Embarrassment and Anger

When Your Child’s Feelings of Worry Turn into Embarrassment and Anger

Your child doesn’t want to participate. Inside, feelings of worry, overwhelm and panic are setting in. Outside they are starting to feel embarrassed and angry. The teacher doesn’t get the hint.

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PSP 136: How to Talk to Your Child When Something Bad Happened Locally or Globally | Dawn Huebner

PSP 136: How to Talk to Your Child When Something Bad Happened Locally or Globally | Dawn Huebner

It seems like more and more these days we are having to cope with some horrific things. Mass shootings, school shootings, bombings, hate crimes, environmental disasters and devastating weather are things that we and our children have to contend with all too often. How do we talk to kids when something bad happened?

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How to Talk to Your Parents About Anxiety or OCD

How to Talk to Your Parents About Anxiety or OCD

I have gotten many requests from kids on my Youtube channel to make a video on how to talk to their parents about anxiety or OCD. This breaks my heart. Kids are struggling and suffering silently. Perhaps there are loving, caring parents nipping at the bit to help, if they only knew?

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PSP 135: The Difference Between Picky Eating and Extreme Picky Eating

PSP 135: The Difference Between Picky Eating and Extreme Picky Eating

Dealing with extreme picky eating can be a lonely journey. Barely anyone gets it. People will tell you all sorts of things. Some to lift you up and some to tear you down, but neither wind up being helpful.

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Helping Kids Who Think Everybody Hates Me!

Helping Kids Who Think Everybody Hates Me!

Helping Kids Who Think Everybody Hates Me! Do you find that no matter where you go or what your child is doing, they always say, “everybody hates me!”   Perhaps it baffles you because you see your child talking to other kids. You see them laughing. You see people waving at them. They have friends to play with at recess. They are invited to birthday […]

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Free Webinar: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Helping a Child Who is Scared to Sleep

Free Webinar: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Helping a Child Who is Scared to Sleep

It was bedtime. While most parents were breathing a sigh of relief and doing a mental countdown, I was starting to tense up. I was tired. No, I was exhausted. I hadn’t had a good night sleep in months. We were on a bad run.

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PSP 134: Helping Kids Who Have a Fear of Bad Guys

PSP 134: Helping Kids Who Have a Fear of Bad Guys

Hands down the number one fear I deal with as a child therapist is the fear of bad guys. It isn’t surprising. I remember being a child myself, sitting in my bed, blanket up to my neck, wondering not if, but when would I be attacked.

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Helping an Anxious Child Who Always Fears the Worst

Helping an Anxious Child Who Always Fears the Worst

If you have a child who always fears the worst, you probably get bombarded with questions like…

What if I die? What if I never wake up? What if I throw up? What if the earth blows up? What if I’m killed? What if you’re killed? What if they laugh at me? What if I get a disease? What if I fail? What if I have no friends? What if lightening hits our house? What if we have a house fire? What if someone breaks in? What if the plane crashes? What if I get hit by the ball? What if I get in trouble? What if it hurts? What if it bites or stings me?

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PSP 133: How to Help Your Child with Nightmares

PSP 133: How to Help Your Child with Nightmares

If the brain can imagine it, nightmares can create it. That can be hard for a child whose brain is constantly coming up with the worst-case scenarios for every situation. And when a child with nightmares, especially an anxious child, has them often – they can start to fear sleep altogether.

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I Hate Puberty: How to Help Kids Who are Worried About Hormonal Changes

I Hate Puberty: How to Help Kids Who are Worried About Hormonal Changes

When your body is changing, your voice is changing, your mood is changing- it can be too much change at once! No wonder why you hear so many anxious kids say, “I hate puberty!”

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PSP 132: What to Do When the Stress of Raising a Child with Anxiety or OCD is too Much

PSP 132: What to Do When the Stress of Raising a Child with Anxiety or OCD is too Much

What to Do When the Stress of Raising a Child with OCD or Anxiety is too Much You are done. You can’t take it anymore. When will things get better? How long is this going to last? Will things ever change? Raising a child with OCD or anxiety can be beyond exhausting. You are not alone.     Many of us have been there. We […]

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Helping Kids Who Worry About Bad Guys

Helping Kids Who Worry About Bad Guys

One of the most common worries I see in my therapy practice, is the worry about bad guys. What if someone breaks in? What if someone kidnaps me? What if someone murders me? What if I get attacked while I’m in the backyard? What if someone is hiding in my closet?

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Free PDF: 15 of Some of the Most Common Reasons Why Kids are Scared to Sleep

Free PDF: 15 of Some of the Most Common Reasons Why Kids are Scared to Sleep

Do you wonder why your child is having a hard time sleeping? Believe it or not, it can be for many reasons. It is important to understand why your child can’t sleep, before you move into how to fix it. I have created a free downloadable PDF listing some of the most common reasons why kids are scared to sleep. You can download it by […]

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Helping a Socially Anxious or Shy Kid Make New Friends

Helping a Socially Anxious or Shy Kid Make New Friends

Helping a Socially Anxious or Shy Kid Make New Friends I sat there quietly. Maybe it looked like I was sad, angry or annoyed. Regardless of how I looked, it definitely wasn’t friendly. But inside, my mind was shouting, “Talk to me! Smile at me! Do you want to be friends?” But other kids rarely approached me. I thought I was a shy kid, but […]

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PSP 130: Why Our Child’s Anxiety, OCD or Behaviors are Worse for Us

PSP 130: Why Our Child’s Anxiety, OCD or Behaviors are Worse for Us

In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast episode, I talk about why many of our kids with anxiety or OCD have the hardest time when they are us. And why it often has nothing to do with the parenting.

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