PSP 238: Anxiety & OCD Struggles Around the Holidays

PSP 238: Anxiety & OCD Struggles Around the Holidays

Anxiety & OCD Struggles Around the Holidays Even though the holidays are exciting, they can bring with it some struggles for our kids with anxiety or OCD. Often these issues are unrelated to their anxiety or OCD themes. The holidays bring with it downtime, gatherings, new foods, busy schedules and high expectations for fun. All of which can cause our kids stress and anxiety. In […]

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Our Kids See What Their Anxiety & OCD Want Them to See

Our Kids See What Their Anxiety & OCD Want Them to See

Our Kids See What Their Anxiety & OCD Want Them to See Anxiety and OCD aren’t passively in the background. They are actively working to prove that the world is full of your worst fears. Anxiety and OCD will whisper, see I am keeping you safe. Look at all these situations that aren’t safe. Thank goodness for me, right?! Unfortunately, our brain is wired to […]

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Helping Kids When Anxiety Makes Them Feel They have to Always be Productive

Helping Kids When Anxiety Makes Them Feel They have to Always be Productive

Helping Kids When Anxiety Makes Them Feel They have to Always be Productive Anxiety can often show up in two very different ways. One is through avoidance. When a person is anxious they might avoid doing difficult things in order to avoid discomfort. I did a whole video on anxiety and procrastination here.  The other coping mechanism is to do, do, do! Anxiety will tell […]

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PSP 227: Why We Can’t Make Our Child’s Anxiety or OCD Go Away 

PSP 227: Why We Can’t Make Our Child’s Anxiety or OCD Go Away 

Why We Can’t Make Our Child’s Anxiety or OCD Go Away  None of us like to see our kids suffer. That’s why it’s so hard to see our kids struggle with anxiety or OCD. It can consume their life and ours and that’s heartbreaking.  But no matter how badly we would like to take their anxiety or OCD away from them, we just don’t have […]

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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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PSP 223: How to Not Compare Your Child to Other Kids

PSP 223: How to Not Compare Your Child to Other Kids

How to Not Compare Your Child to Other Kids The comparing game can be so tempting.  Why can her kids do that and mine can’t?  Why is it so easy for them and everything is so difficult for us?  Why do we have to go through this?  I wish my child was like that. Trust me I get it, I live it. But in this […]

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How to Help Our Kids & Teens Handle Bad Dreams

How to Help Our Kids & Teens Handle Bad Dreams

How to Help Our Kids & Teens Handle Bad Dreams We all have bad dreams, but for those of us with anxious minds, we have them much more often. Unfortunately bad dreams are not only miserable to have, they can make your child fearful of going to sleep. In this week’s Youtube video I talk to kids and teens about: What they can do after […]

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PSP 222: Interview with Instagram on Safety Measures for Our Kids & Teens

PSP 222: Interview with Instagram on Safety Measures for Our Kids & Teens

Interview with Instagram on Safety Measures for Our Kids & Teens We cannot cocoon our kids from social media and online platforms forever. Eventually most of our kids will enter the online world. So what can we do as parents to keep our kids safe? What are platforms like Instagram doing to stay on top of the wave of younger and younger children on their […]

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PSP 221: Helping Anxious Kids with Big Emotions with Wendy Bertagnole 

PSP 221: Helping Anxious Kids with Big Emotions with Wendy Bertagnole 

Helping Anxious Kids with Big Emotions with Wendy Bertagnole  It’s hard to find an anxious child who doesn’t have BIG emotions at times. It is par for the course for our kids with anxiety and OCD. So how are we supposed to handle them? What approaches will help our kids learn how to work through those big feelings? I always love bringing you experts in […]

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How to Help Kids Not Care What Other People think

How to Help Kids Not Care What Other People think

How to Help Kids Not Care What Other People think What if people notice? What if people laugh? What if people judge? What if… What if… Our kids (and us too) can spend so much time worrying about what other people think that we forget to enjoy the moment. It robs us from experiencing life. It can consume our thoughts and dictate our actions. In […]

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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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A 7 Year Old’s Favorite Children’s Books on Feelings

A 7 Year Old’s Favorite Children’s Books on Feelings

A 7 Year Old’s Favorite Children’s Books on Feelings One of my favorite ways to help my kids with emotions is through books. Kids learn the best through stories. Sometimes we can over process with our kids. Often a more effective approach is reading children’s books on feelings and emotions! I told my Miss 7 to pick out a few of her favorite books. Ironically […]

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PSP 110: Helping a Child with Anxiety and ADHD with Angela Pruess

PSP 110: Helping a Child with Anxiety and ADHD with Angela Pruess

Having a child with anxiety can be rough, but having a child with anxiety and ADHD can be complete parental overload!

Both anxiety and ADHD have their own challenges – and together they can be a force to be reckoned with.

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PSP 109: Understanding What Your Child’s Difficult Behaviors Might be Telling You with Dayna Abraham

PSP 109: Understanding What Your Child’s Difficult Behaviors Might be Telling You with Dayna Abraham

In my home I have become somewhat of a detective. When my kids are angry, impulsive, hostile or defiant – there is also some pretty big anxiety or OCD hiding underneath. I have learned how to decode my child’s difficult behaviors in order to get to the heart of the matter.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 99 Kids Edition: Is Your Child Quick To Beat Themselves Up? | Dealing with Negative Self-Talk

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 99 Kids Edition: Is Your Child Quick To Beat Themselves Up? | Dealing with Negative Self-Talk

Is Your Child Quick To Beat Themselves Up? | Dealing with Negative Self-Talk Is your child quick to beat themselves up? Always taking the blame? Always self-hating? Many kids fill themselves with guilt, shame and anger when they make mistakes. Regardless of the situation, they turn their anger and disappointment inward. It’s difficult to watch kids be so hard on themselves. It’s hard to hear […]

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