PSP 142: How to Develop Gratitude in Our Kids

PSP 142: How to Develop Gratitude in Our Kids

We want to give our kids everything that we never had, but what happens when we are able to do that? How do we foster appreciation and gratitude? How do we help our children develop appreciation for what they have, when they don’t know what it’s like to not have it?

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PSP 141: An Inside Look into Parenting a Child with OCD | Member Spotlight Segment

PSP 141: An Inside Look into Parenting a Child with OCD | Member Spotlight Segment

You are not alone. There are hundreds of thousands of parents just like you. They feel despair, they feel overwhelmed, they feel hope.

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PSP 140: Talking All About Self Care with Dr. Orlena

PSP 140: Talking All About Self Care with Dr. Orlena

Does “self care” equal “self-ish” to you? Often there is a negative connotation with the idea of focusing on yourself, especially when you have a child who is in crisis. Sadly, that is when self care is the most needed.

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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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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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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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PSP 136: How to Talk to Your Child When Something Bad Happened Locally or Globally | Dawn Huebner

PSP 136: How to Talk to Your Child When Something Bad Happened Locally or Globally | Dawn Huebner

It seems like more and more these days we are having to cope with some horrific things. Mass shootings, school shootings, bombings, hate crimes, environmental disasters and devastating weather are things that we and our children have to contend with all too often. How do we talk to kids when something bad happened?

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PSP 135: The Difference Between Picky Eating and Extreme Picky Eating

PSP 135: The Difference Between Picky Eating and Extreme Picky Eating

Dealing with extreme picky eating can be a lonely journey. Barely anyone gets it. People will tell you all sorts of things. Some to lift you up and some to tear you down, but neither wind up being helpful.

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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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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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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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PSP 129: Putting the Spotlight on Childhood Moral & Harm OCD with Aaron Harvey

PSP 129: Putting the Spotlight on Childhood Moral & Harm OCD with Aaron Harvey

A young girl worries she might stick out her middle finger, so she goes around keeping her hands in tight fists. Another boy worries he’ll go to hell if he lies, so he can’t even answer a simple question. A teenager boy is fearful he is staring at his teacher’s breasts, so he looks at the floor the entire day. And the saddest part? No one knows these kids are even suffering. Not their parents, not their teachers, not their friends.

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PSP 128: Learn How Hormones Can Play a Role in Parental Anxiety

PSP 128: Learn How Hormones Can Play a Role in Parental Anxiety

Do you suffer from some parental anxiety? Have you gotten more anxious as you’ve gotten older? Do you attribute it to the chaos and stress you experience raising kids with anxiety or OCD? Well, you might be missing one key culprit…hormones!

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