Does Social Media Increase Your Child’s Anxiety?

Does Social Media Increase Your Child’s Anxiety?

Does Social Media Increase Your Child’s Anxiety? Kids are bombarded with chatter on social media. They are bombarded with images, chats and videos. This can be overwhelming to any child, but add anxiety to the mix and it can be debilitating. In this week’s Youtube video for kids and teens, I talk about how social media can increase anxiety and offer some tips on how […]

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Beating OCD or Anxiety Starts with Accepting This

Beating OCD or Anxiety Starts with Accepting This

Beating OCD or Anxiety Starts with Accepting This So much of anxiety or OCD is the illusion of control.  If I do this, then nothing bad will happen. If I wash enough, I won’t get contaminated. If I say this in my head, the discomfort will go away. If I ask this question (again), then I’ll feel reassured. The only problem is we don’t have […]

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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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What to Do When Your Child Regrets an OCD Exposure 

What to Do When Your Child Regrets an OCD Exposure 

What to Do When Your Child Regrets an OCD Exposure We are always encouraging our kids to take one small step towards fear, towards discomfort. What if they do an OCD exposure and it all goes terribly wrong? What if they take a giant leap towards their fears, but instantly regret it? Pure panic can ensue. So how are we supposed to help with that? […]

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PSP 247: When OCD is Misdiagnosed as Learning Issues

PSP 247: When OCD is Misdiagnosed as Learning Issues

When OCD is Misdiagnosed as Learning Issues OCD doesn’t just stay in our home, it likes to wreak havoc in all areas of life, including at school.  OCD intrusive thoughts and compulsions can make a child look like they: Struggle to read Struggle to write Struggle to do math equations  Struggle to complete assignments Struggle with comprehension Struggle with focus Struggle with expression Struggle with […]

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Helping Kids Discover Core Fears Driving Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids Discover Core Fears Driving Anxiety or OCD

Helping Kids Discover Core Fears Driving Anxiety or OCD Our kids can have a million different intrusive thoughts, anxious feelings and compulsive behaviors. But often there will be a core fear that groups these fears together. It is important to note, that regardless of what theme or core fear a child has, the framework of how to address OCD or anxiety is exactly the same.  […]

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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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Here’s the Way to Handle OCD Regardless of Theme

Here’s the Way to Handle OCD Regardless of Theme

Here’s the Way to Handle OCD Regardless of Theme I often get very specific questions. Natasha, how do I handle this type of OCD? or What exposures should I do for this OCD theme? Honestly, the answer is always the same.  Themes and subtypes can help us categorize our child’s OCD and it can even help us spot patterns in compulsions, but it shouldn’t slow […]

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Kids Who Worry Stuffed Animals and Toys Have Feelings

Kids Who Worry Stuffed Animals and Toys Have Feelings

Kids Who Worry Stuffed Animals and Toys Have Feelings Most kids get attached to stuffed animals or cute toys. But what if they thought those objects had feelings and it was their job to keep them safe? When you add anxiety or OCD into the mix, it could become a full time job.  It can impact their sleep. What if I roll over them? It […]

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PSP 244: How to Help Our Kids Handle Intrusive Thoughts

PSP 244: How to Help Our Kids Handle Intrusive Thoughts

How to Help Our Kids Handle Intrusive Thoughts It is hard to watch your child being bombarded with intrusive thoughts day and night. No parent wants to see their child suffer, but how are they supposed to help their kids? Unfortunately when it comes to OCD, the answer is often counterintuitive.  In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast I explore the nature of intrusive thoughts […]

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Helping Kids Process an OCD Diagnosis 

Helping Kids Process an OCD Diagnosis 

Helping Kids Process an OCD Diagnosis  It can be overwhelming to realize that your child or teen has OCD. It can be even more overwhelming to tell them.  How do you explain it? How do you help them have a positive mindset? In this week’s kid/teen Youtube video, I talk to kids who were recently told they have OCD. I talk about hope, I talk […]

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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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PSP 241: Calling out Anxiety or OCD When a Child is Angry

PSP 241: Calling out Anxiety or OCD When a Child is Angry

Calling out Anxiety or OCD When a Child is Angry We talk about helping our kids realize when it is their anxiety or OCD ruling their behavior. But what happens when we get a loud bark when we do it? Is it a bad sign if our child gets angry? Should we stop? In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast, I talk about when and […]

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How to Help Our Kids with Social Anxiety

How to Help Our Kids with Social Anxiety

How to Help Our Kids with Social Anxiety Social anxiety isn’t about being an introvert. It isn’t about being shy. Yes, those attributes can coexist with social anxiety, but it doesn’t have to be present. Social anxiety is about the fear of rejection. It is about the concern that others will judge or criticize you. When we have social anxiety we let others define us. […]

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