PSP 230: How to Help Kids Who are Scared of Needles and Shots

PSP 230: How to Help Kids Who are Scared of Needles and Shots

How to Help Kids Who Are Scared of Needles and Shots Most people aren’t thrilled to get a shot or get poked by a needle, but some of our kids are deathly afraid. This fear can cause severe panic when going to the doctor, the dentist or worse the lab or hospital!   In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast, I invited a co-host who […]

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Helping Kids When Anxiety Makes Them Feel They have to Always be Productive

Helping Kids When Anxiety Makes Them Feel They have to Always be Productive

Helping Kids When Anxiety Makes Them Feel They have to Always be Productive Anxiety can often show up in two very different ways. One is through avoidance. When a person is anxious they might avoid doing difficult things in order to avoid discomfort. I did a whole video on anxiety and procrastination here.  The other coping mechanism is to do, do, do! Anxiety will tell […]

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What Story is Your Child Telling Themselves About Their Anxiety or OCD?

What Story is Your Child Telling Themselves About Their Anxiety or OCD?

What Story is Your Child Telling Themselves About Their Anxiety or OCD? When we have anxiety or OCD, we tell ourselves a story. What story is your child or teen telling themselves? Is it a story where they are the victim, constantly being beaten down by a beast they cannot control? Is it a story of blame, blaming people and places around them? Are they […]

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PSP 227: Why We Can’t Make Our Child’s Anxiety or OCD Go Away 

PSP 227: Why We Can’t Make Our Child’s Anxiety or OCD Go Away 

Why We Can’t Make Our Child’s Anxiety or OCD Go Away  None of us like to see our kids suffer. That’s why it’s so hard to see our kids struggle with anxiety or OCD. It can consume their life and ours and that’s heartbreaking.  But no matter how badly we would like to take their anxiety or OCD away from them, we just don’t have […]

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PSP 224: How to Handle When You and Your Child Both have Anxiety or OCD

PSP 224: How to Handle When You and Your Child Both have Anxiety or OCD

How to Handle When You and Your Child Both have Anxiety or OCD Anxiety and OCD are both highly genetic, so it’s not surprising that many parents find themselves raising kids with similar issues. Often though, many of us back burner our own help to focus on our children’s needs. But what if focusing on your needs also helps your child’s struggles? In this episode […]

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Does Your Child think Anxiety or OCD is Keeping Them Safe?

Does Your Child think Anxiety or OCD is Keeping Them Safe?

Does Your Child think Anxiety or OCD is Keeping Them Safe? Often kids who are resistant to help will tell me their anxiety or OCD is keeping them “safe.”  I have plans, just in case… I am more cautious and it has kept me safe… I play out scenarios so I’m prepared… Although we all should have a healthy relationship with fear and intuition, anxiety […]

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How to Stop What-If Worries 

How to Stop What-If Worries 

How to Stop What-If Worries  Everyone has what-if worries, but those of us with anxiety or OCD live in them. We give them attention, grow them and feed them until they are larger than life. Until they rob us of life. In this week’s Youtube video I talk about how to stop what-if worries in their tracks and begin living a more fulfilling life. Click […]

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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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What are the Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

What are the Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

What are the Physical Symptoms of Anxiety Anxiety can show up in many different ways, including in our body. Often our mind and body don’t share information, so we miss the early signs that we are getting anxious. In this week’s Youtube video I talk about some of the physical symptoms of anxiety and how to use those symptoms to reduce your anxiety. Click here […]

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PSP 220: How to Use a Strength Based Approach for Anxiety & OCD

PSP 220: How to Use a Strength Based Approach for Anxiety & OCD

How to Use a Strength Based Approach for Anxiety & OCD Can we build self-esteem and self-determination, while helping our kids with anxiety or OCD? Yes! In fact, it is crucial to learn how to do that within the context of our child’s anxiety OCD. In this episode of the AT Parenting Survival Podcast I talk about how to take a strength based approach for […]

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PSP 218: The Power of Helping Your Child’s Anxiety by Working on Your Own

PSP 218: The Power of Helping Your Child’s Anxiety by Working on Your Own

The Power of Helping Your Child’s Anxiety by Working on Your Own Anxiety and OCD doesn’t live in a bubble, it lives in our house. As parents we have to walk the walk and talk the talk. But what does that mean? It means tapping into our own fears, regardless of whether we have anxiety or OCD ourselves. It means knowing ourselves and the human […]

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How to Help Your Kids Travel with Anxiety

How to Help Your Kids Travel with Anxiety

How to Help Your Kids Travel with Anxiety It can be touch and go traveling with any child, but when you add anxiety to the mix it can get tricky! As we travel around this summer we are dealing with not only my own anxiety, but all of my children’s anxieties as well! With three kids, with three completely different issues, it seemed as if […]

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PSP 216: Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD Develop Self-Compassion

PSP 216: Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD Develop Self-Compassion

Helping Kids with Anxiety or OCD Develop Self-Compassion Kids with anxiety and OCD often struggle with self-love and self-compassion. It is developmentally common for all kids to struggle with self-compassion, but when you have anxiety and OCD it can be even harder. In this episode of the AT Parenting Survival Podcast I talk with Madina Alam, a Clinical Advisor with NOCD about how we, as […]

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Helping Kids with Public Speaking Anxiety

Helping Kids with Public Speaking Anxiety

Helping Kids with Public Speaking Anxiety One sentence that can throw many of our anxious kids into a panic is…”you’ll need to do a presentation.” Presentations are enough to make some people want to hyperventilate. I know, I was one of them. Public speaking anxiety is a common issue, but it’s even more common if you already struggle with some form of anxiety. Some of […]

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PSP 201: How to Motivate Our Kids to Work on Anxiety or OCD

PSP 201: How to Motivate Our Kids to Work on Anxiety or OCD

How to Motivate Our Kids to Work on Anxiety or OCD One of the biggest challenges parents face when raising a child with anxiety or OCD is…motivation. How do we motivate our kids to face their fears? How do we motivate our kids to sit in discomfort? How do we motivate them to even talk about their struggles. That can feel like an uphill battle. […]

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