How to Help Our Kids & Teens Handle Bad Dreams

How to Help Our Kids & Teens Handle Bad Dreams

How to Help Our Kids & Teens Handle Bad Dreams We all have bad dreams, but for those of us with anxious minds, we have them much more often. Unfortunately bad dreams are not only miserable to have, they can make your child fearful of going to sleep. In this week’s Youtube video I talk to kids and teens about: What they can do after […]

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PSP 222: Interview with Instagram on Safety Measures for Our Kids & Teens

PSP 222: Interview with Instagram on Safety Measures for Our Kids & Teens

Interview with Instagram on Safety Measures for Our Kids & Teens We cannot cocoon our kids from social media and online platforms forever. Eventually most of our kids will enter the online world. So what can we do as parents to keep our kids safe? What are platforms like Instagram doing to stay on top of the wave of younger and younger children on their […]

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PSP 221: Helping Anxious Kids with Big Emotions with Wendy Bertagnole 

PSP 221: Helping Anxious Kids with Big Emotions with Wendy Bertagnole 

Helping Anxious Kids with Big Emotions with Wendy Bertagnole  It’s hard to find an anxious child who doesn’t have BIG emotions at times. It is par for the course for our kids with anxiety and OCD. So how are we supposed to handle them? What approaches will help our kids learn how to work through those big feelings? I always love bringing you experts in […]

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PSP 219: How to Help a Child with Both Autism and OCD

PSP 219: How to Help a Child with Both Autism and OCD

How to Help a Child with Both Autism and OCD Many parents who are raising children with both Autism and OCD find themselves in a no man’s land of sorts. Professionals treating Autism don’t always understand OCD and those treating OCD don’t always understand Autism. Ugh. What a struggle. That is why talking to Dr. Rebecca Sachs is like talking to a rare unicorn. Her […]

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How to Help Teens Overcome a Fear of Driving

How to Help Teens Overcome a Fear of Driving

How to Help Teens Overcome a Fear of Driving “I’ll do it tomorrow.” That’s what many of us hear when we are trying to coax our teens to start practicing driving. And who can blame them, even teens without anxiety are scared to drive! But avoidance will only grow the fear over time.  In this week’s Youtube video, I talk to teens about their fear […]

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How to Help Kids Not Care What Other People think

How to Help Kids Not Care What Other People think

How to Help Kids Not Care What Other People think What if people notice? What if people laugh? What if people judge? What if… What if… Our kids (and us too) can spend so much time worrying about what other people think that we forget to enjoy the moment. It robs us from experiencing life. It can consume our thoughts and dictate our actions. In […]

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Helping Kids Who Procrastinate

Helping Kids Who Procrastinate

Helping Kids Who Procrastinate “I’ll do it later.” That’s normally how it starts. “I have plenty of time.” That’s how it continues. “I can’t do it! I don’t have enough time.” That’s how it ends. Welcome to the world of procrastination. Anxious kids are either one extreme or the other. Kids who procrastinate want to kick the can down the road until the road comes […]

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How to Help Kids with OCD Checking Behavior

How to Help Kids with OCD Checking Behavior

How to Help Kids with OCD Checking Behavior It starts off with a little nag. Did you do it? Are you sure? The uncertainty grows. The nagging impulse grows. Check! Check again! Until eventually the child caves and checks. But OCD checking behavior is a trap. Mental quick sand, I like to call it. It catches people in a vicious loop that they can’t get […]

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How to Talk to Your Parents About Anxiety or OCD

How to Talk to Your Parents About Anxiety or OCD

I have gotten many requests from kids on my Youtube channel to make a video on how to talk to their parents about anxiety or OCD. This breaks my heart. Kids are struggling and suffering silently. Perhaps there are loving, caring parents nipping at the bit to help, if they only knew?

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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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I Hate Puberty: How to Help Kids Who are Worried About Hormonal Changes

I Hate Puberty: How to Help Kids Who are Worried About Hormonal Changes

When your body is changing, your voice is changing, your mood is changing- it can be too much change at once! No wonder why you hear so many anxious kids say, “I hate puberty!”

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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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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 99 Kids Edition: Is Your Child Quick To Beat Themselves Up? | Dealing with Negative Self-Talk

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 99 Kids Edition: Is Your Child Quick To Beat Themselves Up? | Dealing with Negative Self-Talk

Is Your Child Quick To Beat Themselves Up? | Dealing with Negative Self-Talk Is your child quick to beat themselves up? Always taking the blame? Always self-hating? Many kids fill themselves with guilt, shame and anger when they make mistakes. Regardless of the situation, they turn their anger and disappointment inward. It’s difficult to watch kids be so hard on themselves. It’s hard to hear […]

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 98 Kids Edition: Is Bloody Mary Real? How to Help Kids with Legends

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 98 Kids Edition: Is Bloody Mary Real? How to Help Kids with Legends

Is Bloody Mary Real? How to Help Kids with Legends As a child therapist I spend way too much time talking about Bloody Mary. This is an elusive ritual that is supposed to produce a screaming bloody ghost from a mirror. It is a urban legend that continues to torture kids decade after decade. Kids all want to know – Is Bloody Mary real? To […]

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Ask the Child Therapist Episode 97 Kids Edition: Teaching Kids to Beat Fear by Moving Towards It.

Ask the Child Therapist Episode 97 Kids Edition: Teaching Kids to Beat Fear by Moving Towards It.

If you have a child with Anxiety or OCD in your home, you probably also have fear living there as well. Fear loves to cozy up with our kids and boss them around. Sometimes it can seem too daunting to beat fear. Fear can seem omnipresent and all powerful to our little people (and sometimes ourselves as well).

I teach kids that they don’t have to take big swings at fear to win. Fear can swing back and knock them off their feet. But I do teach kids that they can push back. They can make fear wait. They can poke back at fear and move towards it instead of away from it.

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