Inside the Mind of an Anxious Child: A Six Year Old Talks About What Helps.

It seems like what comes naturally for most kids is a struggle for mine. Genetically my kids are pretty much doomed. Anxiety covers the family tree like heavy moss. There is really no avoiding it. The universe dutifully delivered me one anxious child after another.

Sometimes the best way to learn how to help an anxious child is to talk to one. A six year old reveals what parents can do to help anxious kids.


Three anxious kids later, I have resigned to the fact that fighting anxiety is part of my parental duty. I start battling anxiety the minute my kids leave the womb. It’s better that way. We talk about it. We name it. We conquer it.


On a random sick day, my youngest anxious child loomed in my office as I prepared to record my latest podcast. “What are you doing?” She asked. I told her I’m going to be on the “radio” teaching parents how to help their anxious kids. My six year old’s eyes widen and she said, “Maybe they would like to hear from a kid instead?” I agreed. She pulled up a stool next to me. Her little feed dangling as she spoke in the big microphone. I listened in awe as my daughter talked about her battle with her “worry cloud.” She talked about what helps and what doesn’t. And once again the student was the teacher.


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8 responses to “PSP 048: Inside the Mind of an Anxious Child: A Six Year Old Talks About What Helps.”

  1. Megan Hamilton says:

    That last part actually made me cry! LOL! What a special exchange. I have tried so hard to empower my child, and it gives me such joy when he repeats back to me the things I have tried to teach him. I feel like 4 is a whole new set of challenges, and I am on my own roller coaster of inadequate parenting fears.

    I’ve just found your site and just signed up for the listening course. I can’t wait to learn more!! Thank you for such a wonderful resource!

    • Natasha Daniels says:

      Thanks Megan! I’m glad you found me and my resources! I hope it helps 🙂 Parenting is such a rollercoaster ride!

  2. J J says:

    Miss. Six, Thanks so much! I have a Mr. Six that will really love your ideas!

  3. Supremely adorable and courageous!!!!

    For me it was purple clowns…sounds funny now, but – yikes!

    And “even after ten” I’ve still had worries – hellooooooo parenthood.

    Thanks and love, and writing from a snow day situation,
    Full Spectrum Mama

    • Natasha Daniels says:

      Thanks Full Spectrum Mama ❤️. Clowns can be creepy! I feel parenthood just adds a whole nother layer of worries, right?! Stay warm!

  4. Lisa says:

    This was fabulous from a child’s perspective and everything that you do/provide is as well. Thank You 🙂

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