How Independence Can Help Kids Crush Anxiety Often our kids depend on others to reduce their anxiety, especially family members. Can you go with me? Can you stay with me? Can you tell me I am okay? Although this can help in the short run, this dependence can disempower kids to help themselves in the long run. In this week’s Youtube video I talk to […]
How to Tell When It’s Difficult Behavior or When It’s Anxiety or OCD Your child is refusing to clean their room, go to bed or go to school. They are digging their heels in and it doesn’t look like they are going to budge. What are you supposed to do? Well if your child has anxiety or OCD, you might want to take an extra […]
How to Not Pass Our Fears onto Our Kids Our kids are emotional sponges. They soak up our happiness, but they also soak up our fears. Often when trying to help our kids with anxiety we might project our own worries onto them. Sometimes we might spread our fear throughout the house. In this episode of the AT Parenting Survival Podcast I dive into three […]
Helping Parents Handle the Grief that Comes with an Anxiety or OCD Diagnosis Most of us had a fantasy of what parenting would look like. It might have involved Pinterest crafts, bake sales and play dates. It probably didn’t include hyperventilating, panic and avoidance. None of us signed up to parent a child with anxiety or OCD and most of us weren’t prepared to do […]
Anxiety and OCD can take its toll. It can be exhausting, overwhelming and traumatizing for the whole family. So, when your child starts to make some big improvements, it’s normal to be worried about how long it will last. It’s normal to doubt the progress. You might ask yourself, “Is this for real? Is this the new normal?”
The SuperPowers that Come with having Anxiety Having anxiety can suck, but it comes with some pretty cool superpowers. I tell kids what those superpowers are in this latest kids Youtube video. Birthing child after child with some form of anxiety is not fun. I feel like I have a genetically doomed womb. If it is coming out of me, it is coming out anxious. […]
Raising a child with anxiety or OCD takes a completely different set of parenting skills. Helping kids work through their issues doesn’t have a begin, middle and end. It is a way of life. A way of looking at life.