Your child is refusing to get out of the car. “What’s wrong!” You ask, growing more impatient. “I don’t want to go.” Your child pouts. “But why?” You beg, glancing at the time and wondering what excuse you’ll tell your boss this time. “I just don’t want to!” She screams at you. You’ve done this dance many times before. You wonder, how are you supposed to help a child with anxiety when they won’t even talk about it?
In this episode we talk about how child anxiety can cause stomach issues and other physical ailments.
Being a parent of anxious kids can be exhausting and confusing. Here are 21 things every parent should know and understand about anxious kids.
Dear Mom and Dad, It’s me your anxious kid. I know you don’t say it, but my anxiety is draining us both. It’s okay, you can admit it. I see it on your face.
As a child therapist I have a pulse on what makes anxiety worse in kids. Here are the top nine culprits.
The One Thing Every Kid with Anxiety Should Be Doing Often when I ask a kid with anxiety what helps reduce stress and anxiety, the answer I most often get is “I try to get my mind off of it.” This lets me know that I have my work cut out for me. When people talk about helping a kid with anxiety, they will talk about skill […]
Parenting anxious kids is like walking through a mine field. Explosions happen. You have to side step and walk around obstacles. You never know when the next crisis will be. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Anxious kids are also some of the most caring, empathetic children I know. I have to admit, they are my favorite little people. The anxious kids […]
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What could go wrong with holiday songs, gifts and yummy treats? A lot if you have anxious kids. Anxious kids during the holidays have a tendency to implode. Any deviation from a predictable routine can make anxious children feel on edge. Add a bunch of over-stimulating and socially demanding activities and you might have a child on overload. So should you shrink wrap your anxious child and put her away until after the holidays? No way! Holidays are the best time of the year. With a few minor adjustments and tips – you can make this time of year go much more smoothly for you and your child!
I decided I wanted to be a child therapist long before I ever had children. I finished graduate school before I even began motherhood. I knew all the signs and symptoms of every childhood mental health disorder before my first child entered the world. You would think I was well prepared. You would think if anyone could handle anxious kids – it would be me. […]
Bad things happen. What are we to do as parents? I sometimes wish I could take my children and live in a bubble – immune to the violence, hatred and tragedies our world experiences. But, bad things happen. Although living in a bubble is tempting, we would also miss out on the wonderful sounds, smells and laughter this world can bring. And so is […]