PSP 125: Don’t Treat Your Child’s Sensory Related Anxiety the Same as their Other Anxiety Issues

PSP 125: Don’t Treat Your Child’s Sensory Related Anxiety the Same as their Other Anxiety Issues

Bumpy socks, lumpy food, loud noises, large crowds, startling automatic toilet flushers… are just a few things that can completely overwhelm some of our anxious kids. But don’t make the mistake of putting them in the same category with all your child’s other anxiety issues.

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PSP 124: How Your Childhood Influences How You Parent an Anxious Child

PSP 124: How Your Childhood Influences How You Parent an Anxious Child

You are learning how to be a parent from a very young age, even from toddlerhood. Seriously! Everything you see, every interaction you have, will impact how you parent your own children. This can be inspiring or daunting depending on what type of childhood you had. But regardless of whether it was good, bad or in between you get to decide how your childhood influences your parenting. This is especially true when you parent an anxious child.

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PSP 122: How to Handle Sibling Fighting

PSP 122: How to Handle Sibling Fighting

The bickering, the fighting, the taunting and teasing. It is enough to drive a parent to the brink of insanity. Seriously! So how you are supposed to handle sibling fighting? Is there some magic fairy dust to make it all go away?

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PSP 121: Handling Oppositional Behavior in a Child with OCD or Anxiety

PSP 121: Handling Oppositional Behavior in a Child with OCD or Anxiety

They dig their heels in. They refuse to go. They refuse to eat. They refuse to move. Oppositional behavior in a child with OCD or anxiety can be all consuming.

So, what are you supposed to do?

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PSP 118: What it is Like Growing Up with OCD with John Tessitore

PSP 118: What it is Like Growing Up with OCD with John Tessitore

Have you ever wondered what your child with OCD is going through? What their life is like growing up with OCD?

I had the pleasure of talking to John Tessitore, the founder of the JCK Foundation. He was willing to get raw with me and share some personal details of what life was like growing up with thoughts he hid from the outside world.

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Does Your Sensitive Child Crumble When People Yell or Have a Tone?

Does Your Sensitive Child Crumble When People Yell or Have a Tone?

Does Your Sensitive Child Crumble When People Yell or Have a Tone? How many times have you heard, “Stop yelling at me!” When you are calmly telling your sensitive child what to do? Or how often do you hear, “She is so mean!” When your child is talking about teachers with an “all business” attitude. For some anxious kids, when people yell or have a […]

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PSP 116: Growing Up with Separation Anxiety and Panic with Amanda Stern

PSP 116: Growing Up with Separation Anxiety and Panic with Amanda Stern

She suffered silently. She suffered often. Her parents didn’t understand her pain. She didn’t understand her pain. So it often goes. Growing up with Separation Anxiety and Panic Disorder can be a disorienting, overwhelming and lonely experience.

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A 7 Year Old’s Favorite Children’s Books on Feelings

A 7 Year Old’s Favorite Children’s Books on Feelings

A 7 Year Old’s Favorite Children’s Books on Feelings One of my favorite ways to help my kids with emotions is through books. Kids learn the best through stories. Sometimes we can over process with our kids. Often a more effective approach is reading children’s books on feelings and emotions! I told my Miss 7 to pick out a few of her favorite books. Ironically […]

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Helping Kids with OCD Handle Over Wiping After Going to the Bathroom

Helping Kids with OCD Handle Over Wiping After Going to the Bathroom

There is a common OCD problem that no one likes to talk about – over wiping.

OCD loves to make our kids doubt. Doubt their safety, doubt their cleanliness and doubt their completenessdoubt their completeness.

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PSP 114: Supporting Dads Raising Anxious Kids with Larry Hagner

PSP 114: Supporting Dads Raising Anxious Kids with Larry Hagner

No one thinks they are going to be raising anxious kids. We all have our vision of what parenting will be. It usually does not involve a child with panic, fear and dread.

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Teach Kids that Focusing on the Moment Can Reduce Anxiety

Teach Kids that Focusing on the Moment Can Reduce Anxiety

Anxiety loves to live in the past and in the future. Teaching kids how to live in the moment can help reduce anxiety.

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PSP 113: Dealing with Your Own Anxiety Can Help You Become a Better Parent

PSP 113: Dealing with Your Own Anxiety Can Help You Become a Better Parent

I didn’t know the level of my anxiety until I brought little people into my world. It seemed like my anxiety just couldn’t hide under the weight of parental stress. That happens to many of us. We strive to become a better parent and we begin to realize that it is actually our own anxiety that is holding us back.

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Teaching Kids their Attitude Towards Life with Anxiety or OCD Matters!

Teaching Kids their Attitude Towards Life with Anxiety or OCD Matters!

I can’t do this. This sucks! I’m going to have the WORST day ever. I’ll never beat this! Life with anxiety or OCD can conjure up all sorts of negative thoughts like that. And who is to blame a child for having those feelings. Anxiety or OCD is overwhelming.

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PSP 112: Helping Your Sensitive Child Handle Mean People

PSP 112: Helping Your Sensitive Child Handle Mean People

Do you have a sensitive child who wilts at the mere mention of mean people. This week I am talking about how to help our sensitive kids in a world that isn’t always as kind as them.

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PSP 111: Want Your Kids to Talk to You? Why Your Reaction Matters.

PSP 111: Want Your Kids to Talk to You? Why Your Reaction Matters.

He just won’t talk to me!” I often hear. Or “I try to ask her questions, but she just gives me one word responses.” So how do you get your kids to talk to you?

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