Helping Kids with Phobias

Helping Kids with Phobias

Many of us are afraid to do or see certain things. That’s a human experience. But some of us are paralyzed by that fear. A phobia around anything can have the power to dominate our lives. It can dictate what we do and how we do it.

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Helping Kids Who Feel too Overwhelmed to Work on OCD or Anxiety

Helping Kids Who Feel too Overwhelmed to Work on OCD or Anxiety

Helping Kids Who Feel too Overwhelmed to Work on OCD or Anxiety Sometimes anxiety or OCD feels SO big that any step to work on it can feel like too much. Sometimes our kids aren’t motivated to work on it because they are too overwhelmed. In this week’s Youtube video for kids and teens, I talk about how to get past the paralysis of overwhelm […]

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Does Social Media Increase Your Child’s Anxiety?

Does Social Media Increase Your Child’s Anxiety?

Does Social Media Increase Your Child’s Anxiety? Kids are bombarded with chatter on social media. They are bombarded with images, chats and videos. This can be overwhelming to any child, but add anxiety to the mix and it can be debilitating. In this week’s Youtube video for kids and teens, I talk about how social media can increase anxiety and offer some tips on how […]

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Helping Kids with Limiting Beliefs Around Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids with Limiting Beliefs Around Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids with Limiting Beliefs Around Anxiety or OCD I can’t do it. I’ll never beat it. It will always be like this! Those types of limiting beliefs are not only hard to hear, but they can become a self fulfilling prophecy. In this week’s Youtube video for kids and teens I talk about limiting beliefs and how kids can take small steps to slowly […]

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PSP 241: Calling out Anxiety or OCD When a Child is Angry

PSP 241: Calling out Anxiety or OCD When a Child is Angry

Calling out Anxiety or OCD When a Child is Angry We talk about helping our kids realize when it is their anxiety or OCD ruling their behavior. But what happens when we get a loud bark when we do it? Is it a bad sign if our child gets angry? Should we stop? In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast, I talk about when and […]

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How to Help Our Kids with Social Anxiety

How to Help Our Kids with Social Anxiety

How to Help Our Kids with Social Anxiety Social anxiety isn’t about being an introvert. It isn’t about being shy. Yes, those attributes can coexist with social anxiety, but it doesn’t have to be present. Social anxiety is about the fear of rejection. It is about the concern that others will judge or criticize you. When we have social anxiety we let others define us. […]

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When Teaching Kids to Face Fears Don’t Do This

When Teaching Kids to Face Fears Don’t Do This

When Teaching Kids to Face Fears Don’t Do This Often we think the goal in helping kids with their fears is to make them less fearful. Yes, it’s nice when they are no longer fearful, but is that the goal? No. We want to teach our kids how to recognize their fear. All too often kids deny their fears, pushing them so far down they […]

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Is Anxiety or OCD Taking Over Your Child’s Identity?

Is Anxiety or OCD Taking Over Your Child’s Identity?

Is Anxiety or OCD Taking Over Your Child’s Identity? It is wonderful for our kids to recognize they have anxiety or OCD. It is also helpful for them to communicate when they are struggling with these issues. But sometimes our kids can over identify with their anxiety or OCD. I have OCD, I can’t! It’s my OCD, leave me alone! You know I can’t go. […]

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How Independence Can Help Kids Crush Anxiety

How Independence Can Help Kids Crush Anxiety

How Independence Can Help Kids Crush Anxiety Often our kids depend on others to reduce their anxiety, especially family members. Can you go with me? Can you stay with me? Can you tell me I am okay? Although this can help in the short run, this dependence can disempower kids to help themselves in the long run.  In this week’s Youtube video I talk to […]

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Don’t Let Anxiety or OCD Rob Your Kids of Self Love

Don’t Let Anxiety or OCD Rob Your Kids of Self Love

Don’t Let Anxiety or OCD Rob Your Kids of Self Love Anxiety and OCD already rob our kids of so much, so it hurts when it takes a hit at their self love as well. Anxiety and OCD can feel stigmatizing and embarrassing. It can bombard a child with feelings of unworthiness and hopelessness. In this week’s Youtube video I talk to kids and teens […]

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PSP 228: Teaching Our Kids with OCD and Anxiety Self-Compassion with Kimberley Quinlan

PSP 228: Teaching Our Kids with OCD and Anxiety Self-Compassion with Kimberley Quinlan

Teaching Our Kids with OCD and Anxiety Self-Compassion with Kimberley Quinlan Anxiety and OCD can bring with it distress, fear and discomfort. But it can also bring self-loathing, shame, guilt and negative self-talk.  When our kids are hard on themselves, their issues can compound, making it difficult for them to use their tools to address anxiety or OCD.  In this episode of the AT Parenting […]

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PSP 226: Helping Kids with Sports Anxiety & OCD

PSP 226: Helping Kids with Sports Anxiety & OCD

Helping Kids with Sports Anxiety & OCD Anxiety and OCD love to glom onto everything our children love, including sports. It can make your child anxious, sick and panicky before a game, meet or competition. OCD can go one step further and create compulsions around the sport. I invited Cali Werner, Anxiety and OCD Clinician, athlete and author of Anxious Annie, to come on to […]

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PSP 224: How to Handle When You and Your Child Both have Anxiety or OCD

PSP 224: How to Handle When You and Your Child Both have Anxiety or OCD

How to Handle When You and Your Child Both have Anxiety or OCD Anxiety and OCD are both highly genetic, so it’s not surprising that many parents find themselves raising kids with similar issues. Often though, many of us back burner our own help to focus on our children’s needs. But what if focusing on your needs also helps your child’s struggles? In this episode […]

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Does Your Child think Anxiety or OCD is Keeping Them Safe?

Does Your Child think Anxiety or OCD is Keeping Them Safe?

Does Your Child think Anxiety or OCD is Keeping Them Safe? Often kids who are resistant to help will tell me their anxiety or OCD is keeping them “safe.”  I have plans, just in case… I am more cautious and it has kept me safe… I play out scenarios so I’m prepared… Although we all should have a healthy relationship with fear and intuition, anxiety […]

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How to Stop What-If Worries 

How to Stop What-If Worries 

How to Stop What-If Worries  Everyone has what-if worries, but those of us with anxiety or OCD live in them. We give them attention, grow them and feed them until they are larger than life. Until they rob us of life. In this week’s Youtube video I talk about how to stop what-if worries in their tracks and begin living a more fulfilling life. Click […]

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