How often does your child partake in negative self-talk? How often do you hear things like:
I will never get that right!
I am so stupid.
You don’t love me.
I am so ugly.
I am such an idiot.
I always make you mad.
No one likes me.
I am so awkward.
I am so annoying.
Even if you aren’t hearing these thought out loud, many kids are constantly berating themselves silently.
You feed the kids. You bath the kids. You put the kids to bed. You are starting to wonder why your husband doesn’t spend time with the kids? Here are some reasons why that might be happening and how to change it.
Kids with ADHD If you are raising or working with kids with ADHD you probably have realized that your typical approaches aren’t working with these kids. I greet exhausted and frustrated parents every week in my therapy office. I hear things like, “He just won’t listen!” And “If it is a video game – he can focus just fine!” [To listen to my podcast episode on this […]
Sexual Abuse You have concerns. You have suspicions. But, how can you be sure? You want that definitive list. Those definitive signs and behaviors to confirm or disconfirm your worst beliefs about sexual abuse. Unfortunately, no one can do that for you – not even this article. Sexual abuse isn’t like a disease, with its obvious checklist of symptoms. Kids respond and react differently to […]
As parents we worry, that is what most of us do. But how do you differentiate what behaviors are common and what behaviors are something to worry about? Sometimes it is hard to tell. In my practice parents voice many concerns, many of which are easy to address and are typical for the developmental phase their kids are in. Some behaviors, however, warrant some serious […]
As a child therapist, I get to talk to a lot of parents. I mean tons. They talked to me about their kids, about their lives and most importantly about their parenting. I then meet their kids. I get a rare inside peek into the kid’s perspective. What do the kids find effective? What do they secretly admit doesn’t work? What do they wish their […]
Stranger danger doesn’t cut it. Sometimes it’s not strangers – and kids don’t always know they are in danger. The likelihood of this happening to a child is thankfully rare. But, I am not into gambling – especially when it comes to my children. In less than 30 minutes – you can give your children enough information to save their life. [to listen to the […]
How to Get Kids to Talk Are you able to get your kids to talk? Do they open up without too much prodding and love to give you every minute detail of their life. If this is your child, count your blessings – this article isn’t for you! If you have a child that makes you feel like you are interrogating them every time […]
We are all filled to the brim with obvious parenting tips and advice. Most of the time the challenge isn’t knowing what to do – but to have the patience and time to do it. With three kids – I have found that what works for one kid, completely backfires with another one! Parenting is not a one size fits all type of situation. [Listen […]
Childhood Fears by Age As children grow they have different worries and fears. There are common childhood fears that tend to coincide with different stages of development. Below are the most common childhood fears by age. As with most things – this list isn’t exhaustive and some children will have different fears – or will have a fear outside of the common age range. Childhood Fears […]
OCD in Children: Are You Missing the Signs If you or someone in your family has OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) – your child is more at risk of getting OCD. OCD in children is believed to be inherited. So, along with eye color and hair color – your child can get OCD and Anxiety. [to listen to the podcast version of this click here] I have […]
We teach our young children all sorts of ways to keep themselves safe. We teach them to watch the hot stove, we teach them to look both ways before they cross the street, but more often than not – body safety is not taught until much older – until sometimes…it is too late. We cannot always prevent our children from being sexually abused, but […]
Anxious Toddlers invited Jennifer Owens, LCSW, LMT a holistic and wellness expert from bridgemindbody.com to educate our readers on what supplements for anxiety may help child anxiety. She provided us with a wealth of knowledge! child anxiety affects 1 in 8 children and if untreated, it can lead to increased risk of poor school performance, substance abuse or other mental health concerns such as […]
What are the signs of an anxious toddler? Many parents and even mental health professionals will miss the early signs of toddler anxiety, as it can often look vastly different than what we might expect. Common anxiety symptoms often do not show up until a child is school aged. But -why wait? What if you could detect those early signs and get your […]