PSP 355: Handling Parenting Moments When You Lose It!

PSP 355: Handling Parenting Moments When You Lose It!

We all lose it at one time or another. Parents are human. You are human. We inevitably will lose our cool and say or do things that we regret. But those parenting moments hold untapped clues to what is overwhelming us. Those moments hold wisdom, if we are able to move past the shame to see the insight underneath.

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PSP 349: Do you Feel Isolated Trying to Help Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD?

PSP 349: Do you Feel Isolated Trying to Help Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD?

Dealing with our child’s anxiety or OCD is taxing enough, but sometimes there is another layer of stress. Often our child’s struggles can trigger something deep within us. A childhood wound, a flashback, a remnant of something that has remained dormant within us.

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PSP 346: Losing Yourself While Parenting a Child with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 346: Losing Yourself While Parenting a Child with Anxiety or OCD

It is easy to lose yourself while trying to parent a child with anxiety or OCD. In fact, it can be hard not to. We might have ongoing thoughts about how to help our child. We might be consumed with worry about our child’s future.

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PSP 342: A Sisters Journey Through OCD to a Life of Purpose

PSP 342: A Sisters Journey Through OCD to a Life of Purpose

Emily and Lindsay both struggled with OCD as kids. Even though they were sisters, OCD showed up in very different ways for each of them.

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PSP 316: How to Parent While Struggling with Chronic Pain

PSP 316: How to Parent While Struggling with Chronic Pain

Raising kids with anxiety or OCD is hard enough. But when you add chronic pain to your daily routine it can push you over the edge. Often we backburner our own issues. We tell ourselves that we don’t have time for our struggles. That we don’t have time to address our needs. We push through and do more damage in the end. But the truth is if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to effectively take care of your child. Helping a child with anxiety or OCD is exhausting and chronic pain will only add to that fatigue. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast I talk to Dr. Andrea Durand, my go-to expert on all things pain related. She explores our relationship with chronic pain and discusses ways we can address the pain to minimize its impact on our daily lives.

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PSP 273: Are You Remembering Your Own Mental Health?

PSP 273: Are You Remembering Your Own Mental Health?

When we are raising a child with anxiety or OCD it can be all consuming. So consuming that we put everything on hold, including our own mental health. This is a slippery slope because without our own mental stability, we won’t be able to be an anchor for our child. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast I explore why it is so crucial we focus on our own mental health and how this will actually help our children as well.

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PSP 270: Getting Kids to Own Their Journey with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 270: Getting Kids to Own Their Journey with Anxiety or OCD

Many of us learn how to help our kids with anxiety or OCD, but are we doing enough to help them help themselves? Helping our kids own their journey is key to their long-term success.

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PSP 268: Do You Take Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD Personally?

PSP 268: Do You Take Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD Personally?

Anxiety and OCD can cause our children to act in ways that can be overwhelming, disheartening and sometimes even hurtful. It is easy to fall into the trap of taking our children’s anxiety or OCD personally. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast I talk about the many ways we can take our children’s anxiety or OCD behaviors personally, and what we can do instead.

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PSP 266: How to Turn Our Child’s “Failures” into Wins

PSP 266: How to Turn Our Child’s “Failures” into Wins

We will all fall short sometimes and so will our children with anxiety or OCD. They will avoid, they will crumble, they will give in to their anxiety or OCD. That is all par for the course. More often than not they will view these situations as “failures.” They might beat themselves up or use the experience as evidence that they can’t do it again.

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PSP 264: Parenting a Child When You Have Anxiety or OCD as Well

PSP 264: Parenting a Child When You Have Anxiety or OCD as Well

It’s hard enough to parent a child with anxiety or OCD, but when your own mental health issues are added to the mix, it can be all-encompassing. But it’s not all bad. Having your own anxiety or OCD issues can help you be a better parent to a child with anxiety or OCD. 

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How to Stop Panic Attacks from Ruling Your Child’s Life

How to Stop Panic Attacks from Ruling Your Child’s Life

How to Stop Panic Attacks from Ruling Your Child’s Life Sometimes we focus so much on how to stop panic attacks that we miss an even bigger problem, avoidance.  What’s even more debilitating than panic attacks is the panic around having them. Panic attacks create a knee-jerk reaction of avoidance.  They might avoid going to school, going out with friends, or going to the movies. […]

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PSP 248: Handling Parental Burnout Around Anxiety or OCD

PSP 248: Handling Parental Burnout Around Anxiety or OCD

Handling Parental Burnout Around Anxiety or OCD  Parental burnout can take any one of us to our knees. When we are riding on fumes we aren’t good for anyone, including our kids.  In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast, I talk about things that cause parental burnout and what we can do to dig our way out of the hole.  To take a deeper dive […]

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PSP 246: Letting Go of How Life Should Be

PSP 246: Letting Go of How Life Should Be

Letting Go of How Life Should Be We have expectations about how our children’s lives should be. We have expectations about how our family should be. This can be reinforced by friends, family or even the school system. So what happens when all those expectations fall short? What happens when we look at our reality and it doesn’t match up? Parenting is messy and we […]

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PSP 243: Handling Toddler & Preschooler Sleep Issues

PSP 243: Handling Toddler & Preschooler Sleep Issues

Handling Toddler & Preschooler Sleep Issues One of the first signs of anxiety in young children is sleep disturbance! Sleep disturbance can have a ripple effect throughout a child’s day. It can make them more cranky, anxious and irritable. It can make us, as parents, exhausted and impatient. That’s why I thought it would be helpful if I brought Allison, a sleep and wellness coach, […]

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PSP 242: Ugly Parenting Moments and How to Repair Them

PSP 242: Ugly Parenting Moments and How to Repair Them

Ugly Parenting Moments and How to Repair Them We all have our ugly moments as parents. We all show up in ways we don’t want to show up for our kids with anxiety or OCD.  But what do we do after those ugly moments are over? In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast I explore what triggers ugly parenting moments and how we can repair […]

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