Did You Know it is OCD Awareness Week? What that Means for Your Child

Did You Know it is OCD Awareness Week? What that Means for Your Child

I know there are a bazillion awareness weeks and months. Every cause, issue or disease has a color or a month. But I wanted to talk to you about why OCD Awareness Week is so important and how you can take part with even the smallest of gestures.

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Teaching Kids How to Protect Their Anxious Minds

Teaching Kids How to Protect Their Anxious Minds

If you want to not only survive, but thrive with anxiety – you have to learn how to protect the anxious mind. Our anxious minds are sponges to bad things. It files things away, only to torture us later on with it.

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Teaching Kids the Mind Body Connection: When Anxiety Physically Hurts

Teaching Kids the Mind Body Connection: When Anxiety Physically Hurts

Anxiety doesn’t just live in our mind, it lives in our body as well. It can cause stomachaches, headaches, dizziness, shaking, diarrhea… just to name a few. Teaching kids the mind body connection can reduce the anxiety felt about these physical symptoms.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Helping Kids Who Worry About What Other People Think

Helping Kids Who Worry About What Other People Think

Helping Kids Who Worry About What Other People Think Are they staring at me? Are they texting back and forth…about me. Did I just see that kid whisper while looking at me? Does my hair look weird. Is she staring at my hair? Those girls walked by again. Are they circling around to stare at me one more time? Kids who worry about what other […]

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Helping Kids Who are Nervous to Go Back to School

Helping Kids Who are Nervous to Go Back to School

For some kids there is a growing feeling of dread and doom as the first day of school looms closer. Is your child nervous to go back to school? They are not alone.

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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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How to Help Kids When OCD Tells Them Things Might Be Poisonous

How to Help Kids When OCD Tells Them Things Might Be Poisonous

It often starts off with a question. “Mom if I touch my mouth after I touched the Clorox wipe, is that safe?” It might pick up steam from there… “Mom if the shampoo gets in my eyes, will I go blind? From there the questions can be endless and never ending.

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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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