PSP 025: Child OCD is Not Just About Germs | 8 Common OCD Themes

PSP 025: Child OCD is Not Just About Germs | 8 Common OCD Themes

Your child is doing another “quirky” behavior. It seems like it is always something. You remember the time she had to twirl as she entered a room. And then there was the time that she had to blow on her fingers. You stare as your daughter is tapping the kitchen table four times with each finger. What do these behaviors mean? Once a well-intentioned friend suggested it was child OCD. You had scoffed at the idea. She obviously didn’t know your daughter. Her room looks like a bomb hit it and don’t even get you started on her hygiene. But if it isn’t child OCD, what is it?

So many parents dismiss the possibility of childhood OCD because they don’t understand it. OCD isn’t just about germs. OCD isn’t about being neat and orderly. Sure, those are two components in some OCD themes, but what about the thousands of other themes?

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PSP 024: How We Teach Our Kids to Not Trust Their Gut Feeling

PSP 024: How We Teach Our Kids to Not Trust Their Gut Feeling

The hair on the back of her neck is standing up. Her stomach feels weird. She doesn’t like how he is staring at her. She has a weird gut feeling, but she doesn’t know what it is. “Go hug your Uncle Victor,” her mom says. She nervously shakes her head no. “Don’t be rude! Go hug him!” her mom demands.

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PSP 023: When Anxiety and OCD Cause Poor Behavior & Meltdowns

PSP 023: When Anxiety and OCD Cause Poor Behavior & Meltdowns

Your child is imploding. You stand there in disbelief. What happened? You run through the last ten minutes in your head looking for the trigger, the spark that lit this fiery storm. Like a needle in a haystack, your mental search is futile. You come up empty handed – again. Meltdowns and poor behavior are becoming par for the course in your home.

You want to throw the parenting rule book at him. You want to strip him of every privilege and shut this nasty party down. But this isn’t your first rodeo. You’ve been here many times before and you know how it goes. This isn’t your ordinary, run of the mill poor behavior. These aren’t your typical meltdowns. These meltdowns are born from a build up of anxiety. A build up a stress. A build up of such strong emotion there should have been an emergency alert before it hit your home.

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PSP 022: Understanding Introverted and Reserved Kids: They Aren’t Always Shy!

PSP 022: Understanding Introverted and Reserved Kids: They Aren’t Always Shy!

“Oh no,” her mom says. “There is no way she’s an introvert. She isn’t afraid to talk to people.” I think to myself, another person who doesn’t get introverts. Sometimes I feel like introverts are the most misunderstood people on this planet. Reserved kids aren’t necessarily shy kids. I know that those two words may seem synonymous, but they aren’t. Introverted or reserved kids aren’t always shy. They aren’t always afraid to interact with people. Some kids just prefer one-on-one interactions. Some kids just prefer less environmental chaos.

I get introverts. I get reserved kids. They are my people. Let me help you get them as well.

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PSP 021: How to Discipline an Anxious Kid and Not Walk on Eggshells!

PSP 021: How to Discipline an Anxious Kid and Not Walk on Eggshells!

You tell your child to pick up their clothes and they crumble to the ground. “Why are you shouting at me!” They exclaim. Seriously? You just asked them to pick up their clothes. It seems like you can’t even redirect your anxious kid without them imploding. So what are you supposed to do? Not discipline? Walk on eggshells? Is that helpful or hurtful to them long-term? 

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PSP 020: Parenting Children with OCD | Doing the Opposite of What Feels Right

PSP 020: Parenting Children with OCD | Doing the Opposite of What Feels Right

Your child is begging you for reassurance. This is the tenth time in less than fifteen minutes. Do you give it to them again? And again? When does it end? Are you helping them when you get sucked into their OCD compulsions? No one ever tells you how to parent children with OCD!

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PSP 019: Social Anxiety in Children | A Window into the Mind of a Socially Anxious Kid.

PSP 019: Social Anxiety in Children | A Window into the Mind of a Socially Anxious Kid.

Your child gets embarrassed when you breathe wrong. They refuse to talk to strangers and they fixate on what other people think of them. Social anxiety can debilitate kids and confuse parents. This was me as a child. Let me give you a window into the mind of a socially anxious child. At times, it isn’t pretty.

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PSP 018: Beyond Picky Eating: When Anxiety and OCD Leads to Selective Eating Disorder

PSP 018: Beyond Picky Eating: When Anxiety and OCD Leads to Selective Eating Disorder

Kids are picky eaters, but some kids take picky eating to a new level. Has your child moved beyond picky and into the realm of a Selective Eating Disorder? Kids with anxiety, OCD or sensitivities will often have major issues with food. Learn the most common causes for extreme picky eating and what approaches you can take to help your child.

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PSP 017: Separation Anxiety in Older Kids: It is More Common than You May Think!

PSP 017: Separation Anxiety in Older Kids: It is More Common than You May Think!

Separation anxiety doesn’t just impact young children, many anxious children of all ages have separation anxiety. Learn how to parent children with separation anxiety and what approaches work best.

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PSP 016: Fear of Pooping and Toilet Phobia. Yeah, It’s a Thing.

PSP 016: Fear of Pooping and Toilet Phobia. Yeah, It’s a Thing.

Many children with anxiety have issues that lead to a toilet phobia. This is not just a toddler issue! Learn the common issues and how to help!

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PSP 015: The Link Between Sensory Processing and Child Anxiety

PSP 015: The Link Between Sensory Processing and Child Anxiety

In this episode I talk about the overlap between sensory processing issues and child anxiety. Many anxious children also have sensory issues as well.

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PSP 014: Child Anxiety and Stomach Issues: How Anxious Kids Get Physically Sick

PSP 014: Child Anxiety and Stomach Issues: How Anxious Kids Get Physically Sick

In this episode we talk about how child anxiety can cause stomach issues and other physical ailments.

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PSP 013: Parenting Your Child Through a Panic Attack

PSP 013: Parenting Your Child Through a Panic Attack

Watching your child go through a panic attack can be overwhelming. In this episode we explore ways to help your child through a panic attack.

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PSP 012: 5 Things Good Parents Do That Actually Hurts Self-Esteem

PSP 012: 5 Things Good Parents Do That Actually Hurts Self-Esteem

In this episode of the AT Parenting Survival Podcast we talk about the many “good” things we do as parents that can actually hurt a child’s self-confidence and self-esteem. Here are five of them and what to do instead!

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PSP 011: 4 Things Parents Get Wrong About Childhood OCD

PSP 011: 4 Things Parents Get Wrong About Childhood OCD

In this episode I talk about the 4 things parents often get wrong about childhood OCD. I talk about child OCD myths and misperceptions.

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