PSP 215: Helping Anxious Kids Through the Summer

PSP 215: Helping Anxious Kids Through the Summer

Helping Anxious Kids Through the Summer Summer is supposed to be relaxing and fun. But anxiety and OCD do not take a break just because it’s summer. In this episode of the AT Parenting Survival Podcast I talk about ways to set up routine and structure to help reduce anxiety. I also talk about other possible struggles and how to deal with them as we […]

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OCD and Numbers: How to Help Our Kids Break Free

OCD and Numbers: How to Help Our Kids Break Free

OCD and Numbers: How to Help Our Kids Break Free Numbers can imprison our kids and turn them into counting machines. Often kids with OCD will have a favorite number or set of numbers. They might have a hated number or set of numbers. They might have to do things in evens or odds, but never both. In this week’s Youtube video, I talk to […]

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PSP 214: Interview with Dr. Shefali | Helping Mothers Turn Pain into Power

PSP 214: Interview with Dr. Shefali | Helping Mothers Turn Pain into Power

Interview with Dr. Shefali | Helping Mothers Turn Pain into Power Dr. Shefali is a prominent clinical psychologist and the New York Times best selling author of The Conscious Parent and The Awakened Family. In her new book, A Radical Awakening, she talks to women about how to take their pain and turn it into power.  According to Oprah Winfrey, “The world needs to know. […]

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PSP 213: When You Hit Compassion Fatigue with Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD

PSP 213: When You Hit Compassion Fatigue with Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD

When You Hit Compassion Fatigue with Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD None of us signed up to raise a child with anxiety or OCD. It wasn’t what we dreamed of when we poured over all the pregnancy and parenting books. And yet, here we all are, trying to not only survive, but thrive with our kids and their struggles. What happens when compassion runs dry? […]

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PSP 212: How Understanding Anxiety & OCD Themes Can Help Your Child

PSP 212: How Understanding Anxiety & OCD Themes Can Help Your Child

How Understanding Anxiety & OCD Themes Can Help Your Child Anxiety and OCD come in many flavors. Often we even name these flavors with various titles like symmetry OCD, Harm OCD, Separation Anxiety, Emetophobia etc.  Does it really matter what theme of anxiety or OCD my child has? Yes and no.  There are pitfalls to wearing blinders and only focusing on your child’s anxiety or […]

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PSP 207: How to Help Kids Who are Scared of Bugs

PSP 207: How to Help Kids Who are Scared of Bugs

How to Help Kids Who are Scared of Bugs Many kids and even adults are scared of bugs. But for some of our kids it goes way beyond that. Perhaps they won’t go outside, won’t go to the park or won’t go swimming because of their fear of insects. Maybe they are worried about taking a shower or a bath or even going to the […]

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PSP 206: How Self-Esteem Plays a Role in Kids with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 206: How Self-Esteem Plays a Role in Kids with Anxiety or OCD

 How Self-Esteem Plays a Role in Kids with Anxiety or OCD Anxiety and OCD will often take a swing at our child’s self-esteem. It can do that with the anxious or intrusive thoughts it bombards them with. It can do that by paralyzing them with fear, as they watch their peers not struggle.  It can also be present alongside anxiety or OCD. It can help […]

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PSP 205: Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD Cope with Grief or Trauma

PSP 205: Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD Cope with Grief or Trauma

Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD Cope with Grief or Trauma  It’s hard enough to have anxiety or OCD, but what happens when your child is hit with grief or trauma? It can feel like a muddy, chaotic mess.  Unfortunately life happens and so do tragedies. Our kids are not immune to life happening to them, I wish they were.  Anxiety and OCD are opportunistic. […]

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PSP 204: Update on Tragedy that has Devastated Our Family

PSP 204: Update on Tragedy that has Devastated Our Family

Update on Tragedy that has Devastated Our Family For those of you that aren’t aware, my husband died suddenly of a blood clot ten days after a minor Achilles surgery. The grief has been all consuming for me and my three children. I know my podcast, youtube channel, social media posts and emails have abruptly stopped almost a month ago and I didn’t have the […]

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PSP 203: How Online Support Can Be A Game Changer for Parents Raising Kids with OCD or Anxiety

PSP 203: How Online Support Can Be A Game Changer for Parents Raising Kids with OCD or Anxiety

How Online Support Can Be A Game Changer for Parents Raising Kids with OCD or Anxiety There are common stories among parents raising kids with OCD or anxiety. Stories of struggling to find a well trained anxiety or OCD child therapist. Stories of feeling isolated and alone. Stories of friends, family or the school not fully getting the depths of their child’s struggles. These are […]

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How to Help Kids with Perfectionism

How to Help Kids with Perfectionism

How to Help Kids with Perfectionism There is no room for mistakes. There is no room for growth. Everything must be perfect the first time or your child will crumble. Perfectionism has the power to paralyze our kids and make them give up before they even begin. Often our kids think imperfection is synonymous with failure. Ironically it is actually perfectionism that holds our kids […]

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PSP 196: How to Help Your Child with Anxiety or OCD Advocate for Themselves

PSP 196: How to Help Your Child with Anxiety or OCD Advocate for Themselves

How to Help Your Child with Anxiety or OCD Advocate for Themselves As much as we want to protect our child from anything and everything, it is important that we teach them how to advocate for themselves. This is especially true when our kids have anxiety or OCD. They need to know how to articulate how they feel and what they need. This is true […]

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PSP 195: How to Help Your Child Maintain Progress with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 195: How to Help Your Child Maintain Progress with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 195: How to Help Your Child Maintain Progress with Anxiety or OCD So your child has just crushed their anxiety or OCD. You are feeling on top of the world and so are they. Now what? This is often when the ball is dropped. It is often when the seeds of the next infestation of weeds are left to grow, unchecked and unmanaged. But […]

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Helping Kids Cope with Bad Thoughts

Helping Kids Cope with Bad Thoughts

Helping Kids Cope with Bad Thoughts Having “bad thoughts” is the hallmark of both anxiety and OCD. I often get asked questions like, “How do I get rid of bad thoughts” and “How can I make bad thoughts go away?” Those aren’t the right questions to be asking. It isn’t the bad thoughts that are the issue, it is how we respond to those bad […]

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PSP 194: Coping Skills for Anxious Teens with Janine Halloran

PSP 194: Coping Skills for Anxious Teens with Janine Halloran

Coping Skills for Anxious Teens with Janine Halloran  It’s hard to get our kids to use coping skills, but it’s even harder when they are teens who don’t like to be told what to do! In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast, I had the privilege of talking with Janine Halloran from Coping Skills for Kids. We discussed how to approach teens so they are […]

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