Did You Know it is OCD Awareness Week? What that Means for Your Child

Did You Know it is OCD Awareness Week? What that Means for Your Child

I know there are a bazillion awareness weeks and months. Every cause, issue or disease has a color or a month. But I wanted to talk to you about why OCD Awareness Week is so important and how you can take part with even the smallest of gestures.

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Teaching Kids How to Protect Their Anxious Minds

Teaching Kids How to Protect Their Anxious Minds

If you want to not only survive, but thrive with anxiety – you have to learn how to protect the anxious mind. Our anxious minds are sponges to bad things. It files things away, only to torture us later on with it.

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PSP 138: How to Use ACT to Help Kids with OCD with Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona

PSP 138: How to Use ACT to Help Kids with OCD with Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona

One of the biggest struggles parents have is motivating their child to work on OCD. Who can blame them? Working on OCD can be extremely difficult and overwhelming. But, there is a tool in the toolbox that many parents haven’t explored – that’s ACT.

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Teaching Kids the Mind Body Connection: When Anxiety Physically Hurts

Teaching Kids the Mind Body Connection: When Anxiety Physically Hurts

Anxiety doesn’t just live in our mind, it lives in our body as well. It can cause stomachaches, headaches, dizziness, shaking, diarrhea… just to name a few. Teaching kids the mind body connection can reduce the anxiety felt about these physical symptoms.

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PSP 137: Talking About Drugs with our Anxious Kids with Tiffany Jenkins from Juggling the Jenkins

PSP 137: Talking About Drugs with our Anxious Kids with Tiffany Jenkins from Juggling the Jenkins

We many think my sweet, anxious child will never do drugs. In fact, how could she? She’s afraid of her own shadow! I am right there with you. But our young, anxious kids often turn into depressed, overwhelmed teens. The last thing we want is for them to self medicate. That’s why talking about drugs when they are young is so important.

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Helping Kids Who Think Everybody Hates Me!

Helping Kids Who Think Everybody Hates Me!

Helping Kids Who Think Everybody Hates Me! Do you find that no matter where you go or what your child is doing, they always say, “everybody hates me!”   Perhaps it baffles you because you see your child talking to other kids. You see them laughing. You see people waving at them. They have friends to play with at recess. They are invited to birthday […]

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Free Webinar: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Helping a Child Who is Scared to Sleep

Free Webinar: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Helping a Child Who is Scared to Sleep

It was bedtime. While most parents were breathing a sigh of relief and doing a mental countdown, I was starting to tense up. I was tired. No, I was exhausted. I hadn’t had a good night sleep in months. We were on a bad run.

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PSP 134: Helping Kids Who Have a Fear of Bad Guys

PSP 134: Helping Kids Who Have a Fear of Bad Guys

Hands down the number one fear I deal with as a child therapist is the fear of bad guys. It isn’t surprising. I remember being a child myself, sitting in my bed, blanket up to my neck, wondering not if, but when would I be attacked.

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Helping an Anxious Child Who Always Fears the Worst

Helping an Anxious Child Who Always Fears the Worst

If you have a child who always fears the worst, you probably get bombarded with questions like…

What if I die? What if I never wake up? What if I throw up? What if the earth blows up? What if I’m killed? What if you’re killed? What if they laugh at me? What if I get a disease? What if I fail? What if I have no friends? What if lightening hits our house? What if we have a house fire? What if someone breaks in? What if the plane crashes? What if I get hit by the ball? What if I get in trouble? What if it hurts? What if it bites or stings me?

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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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PSP 132: What to Do When the Stress of Raising a Child with Anxiety or OCD is too Much

PSP 132: What to Do When the Stress of Raising a Child with Anxiety or OCD is too Much

What to Do When the Stress of Raising a Child with OCD or Anxiety is too Much You are done. You can’t take it anymore. When will things get better? How long is this going to last? Will things ever change? Raising a child with OCD or anxiety can be beyond exhausting. You are not alone.     Many of us have been there. We […]

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PSP 131: Sensorimotor OCD | When Kids Get too Focused on Breathing, Blinking, Swallowing and Peeing

PSP 131: Sensorimotor OCD | When Kids Get too Focused on Breathing, Blinking, Swallowing and Peeing

We all do many things without a conscious thought. Our heart beats. Our food is digested. Our breath goes in and then goes out. Our eyes lids go up and then they go down. Our bladder constantly fills. But what happens when your attention constantly goes to these automatic behaviors? Welcome to the torturous world of Sensorimotor OCD.

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Free PDF: 15 of Some of the Most Common Reasons Why Kids are Scared to Sleep

Free PDF: 15 of Some of the Most Common Reasons Why Kids are Scared to Sleep

Do you wonder why your child is having a hard time sleeping? Believe it or not, it can be for many reasons. It is important to understand why your child can’t sleep, before you move into how to fix it. I have created a free downloadable PDF listing some of the most common reasons why kids are scared to sleep. You can download it by […]

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Helping a Socially Anxious or Shy Kid Make New Friends

Helping a Socially Anxious or Shy Kid Make New Friends

Helping a Socially Anxious or Shy Kid Make New Friends I sat there quietly. Maybe it looked like I was sad, angry or annoyed. Regardless of how I looked, it definitely wasn’t friendly. But inside, my mind was shouting, “Talk to me! Smile at me! Do you want to be friends?” But other kids rarely approached me. I thought I was a shy kid, but […]

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PSP 130: Why Our Child’s Anxiety, OCD or Behaviors are Worse for Us

PSP 130: Why Our Child’s Anxiety, OCD or Behaviors are Worse for Us

In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast episode, I talk about why many of our kids with anxiety or OCD have the hardest time when they are us. And why it often has nothing to do with the parenting.

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