PSP 089: How Do I Help My Child with Perfectionism

PSP 089: How Do I Help My Child with Perfectionism

It can be so hard to watch your child beat themselves up. To watch them set standards to high, no one would be able to achieve them. To berate, insult and demean themselves. How are you supposed to hep a child with perfectionism?

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 96 Kids Edition: Teach Kids How to Deal with Social Anxiety

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 96 Kids Edition: Teach Kids How to Deal with Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety can make a child or teen feel unwanted, ignored and judged. I know this because I was that kid once. Heck, I was that grownup once. It’s not fun and it can completely destroy your outlook on life. So, how do you teach your child how to deal with Social Anxiety?

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PSP 088: Three Things You Can Do When Parenting a Child with Social Anxiety

PSP 088: Three Things You Can Do When Parenting a Child with Social Anxiety

Having a child with Social Anxiety can be rough for the whole family. You might be dealing with a child who refuses to go to school. A child who spends much of their energy refusing to go places. A child who, if they could, would love to blend in with the wall.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 95 Kid Edition: How Do I know If I have OCD?

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 95 Kid Edition: How Do I know If I have OCD?

One of the most common questions I get asked is, “How do I know if I have OCD?” This question comes from parents, and it even comes from kids directly.

People don’t get OCD, so there is major confusion when trying to figure out if you have OCD or not. Parents often waste valuable time because they don’t recognize the signs of OCD.

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Interview with Chris Baier Producer of Unstuck: An OCD Kids Movie

Interview with Chris Baier Producer of Unstuck: An OCD Kids Movie

For OCD Awareness Week, I sat down with Chris Baier, the Producer of Unstuck: An OCD Kids Movie and asked him the most common questions I get from parents raising kids with OCD.

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PSP 087: Three Things I Want You To Know About Childhood OCD

PSP 087: Three Things I Want You To Know About Childhood OCD

OCD is a confusing disorder and parenting a child with OCD can be a struggle. Here are three things I want you to know about childhood OCD.
In honor of OCD Awareness Week I am making this week’s podcast about the three most important things I want you to know about childhood OCD.
Don’t forget to spread your own experience and knowledge about living with OCD this week. Share your story and use the hashtag #RealOCD. The more we share, the more we educate.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 94 Kid Edition: Helping Kids Who Won’t Throw Anything Away!

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 94  Kid Edition: Helping Kids Who Won’t Throw Anything Away!

Is your child a “saver.” Do they have drawers and buckets full of “treasures?” Do they have a huge meltdown if they have to get rid of anything? If you have a child who won’t throw anything away – it might be good to start addressing the issue early.

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PSP 085 : How to Handle Difficult Behaviors in Kids with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 085 : How to Handle Difficult Behaviors in Kids with Anxiety or OCD

Your child is refusing to move. Your child is thrashing about. Your child has been screaming for over an hour. Welcome to the world of kids with anxiety or OCD. A world where kids have a hard time coping, self-regulating and “rolling with the punches.”

This is my world and I know that for many of you – it is your world too. A world that leaves you wondering how to handle difficult behaviors that pop up all the time.

One of my favorite people to talk to about behavior is Dayna over at Lemon Lime adventures. Her upbeat, empowering perspective often gives me new insight into how to approach my own kids.
This past week I have enjoyed diving into her Calm the Chaos Workshop and have implemented so many of the a-ha moments into my family.

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 92 Kid Edition: How Focusing on Anxiety Causes Anxiety (and What to Do About it)!

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 92 Kid Edition: How Focusing on Anxiety Causes Anxiety (and What to Do About it)!

Knock Knock. Whose there? Anxiety! Anxiety loves to come knocking on your child’s door. In fact the very act of focusing on anxiety, causes anxiety to dig it’s claws deeper! That’s just cruel. So how do you help your child not focus on something that is wanting – no, DEMANDING their attention?

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PSP 084 : How Mindfulness Can Help with Anxiety and OCD

PSP 084 : How Mindfulness Can Help with Anxiety and OCD

When you have anxiety or OCD – one of the biggest struggles is battling your thoughts. Constant thoughts. Nagging thoughts. Crippling, scary, overwhelming thoughts. They never stop. Teaching kids how to use mindfulness to cope with this relentless barrage of worries can be incredibly helpful. Mindfulness can help anxiety and OCD in many ways.

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Great Free Resource to Help with Difficult Behavior

Great Free Resource to Help with Difficult Behavior

Do you struggle with difficult behaviors at home? Join the club! Most kids with anxiety or OCD have some challenging behavior. This week Dayna, from Lemon Lime Adventure is having a FREE Calm the Chaos workshop to teach us how to look past the behavior, to look at what the behavior is trying to communicate and to know what to do after that!

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 91: Getting Kids to Use Their Coping Skills for Anxiety

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 91: Getting Kids to Use Their Coping Skills for Anxiety

You have read all the anxiety books. You have filled your child up to the brim with coping skills for anxiety. You feel like you have done anything and everything to empower your child to crush their anxiety. So why do they refuse to use any of their coping skills? Why do they shutdown or worse, lash out when you try to offer them help?

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PSP 083 : How Pets Can Help Kids with Anxiety or OCD

PSP 083 : How Pets Can Help Kids with Anxiety or OCD

Finding things that help kids with anxiety or OCD can be a challenge. Kids don’t always like to use the tools they are given and sometimes it can feel like nothing is helping.

One unexpected thing I have found to work incredibly well is…pets! Furry ones, wet ones, ones that tweet and ones that bark. Any and all pets can help kids with anxiety or OCD.

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PSP 082 : How to Help Anxious Kids Successfully Start the New School Year

PSP 082 : How to Help Anxious Kids Successfully Start the New School Year

There are three words that can stop a parenting raising an anxious kid dead in their tracks. Back. to. School. Gulp. Going back to school is almost a universal struggle for those of us raising anxious kids.
Anxious kids have a hard time transitioning. They have a hard time separating, they have a hard time with stomach upset. All of which goes into high gear the minute school starts up again. The good news is there are some things you can do proactively to make the first day and the first months to come – more successful.

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PSP 081: Coping with the Stress of Parenting a Child with Anxiety or OCD | Interview with Kevin Ashworth

PSP 081: Coping with the Stress of Parenting a Child with Anxiety or OCD | Interview with Kevin Ashworth

There is nothing harder than watching your child struggle. Unfortunately when you are parenting a child with anxiety or OCD you do a lot of that. And I mean a lot!

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