A Parent’s Journey Through Separation Anxiety Clinical Separation Anxiety isn’t a toddler problem. In fact, symptoms often start to show up when kids are in elementary or middle school. Separation Anxiety Disorder isn’t about having a toddler follow you around. It is about having a child who experiences sheer panic when they are not by your side. It is about having a child who needs […]
Clinical Separation anxiety is not about age. It isn’t a baby thing – it is an anxiety thing. In fact many kids with separation anxiety don’t develop this issue until they are past puberty. Imagine if your mind told you that any separation, distance or lack of communication can put you and the person you love in jeopardy. Imagine if every time you couldn’t reach your loved one you wholeheartedly believed they were dead. Imagine if every time you weren’t with the one you loved you believed you weren’t safe. Separation anxiety can cause palatable fear within a child. It can make a child feel insecure and vulnerable. It can hold a child back and stagnant any emotional growth.
Kids can’t fight anxiety until they understand anxiety. Parents often skip this step and wonder why their child’s anxiety never gets better. The best way to help kids with anxiety is to take the time to explain how anxiety works. So how do you explain anxiety to them in a way where they’ll not only get it, but be motivated to work on it?
Have them watch my YouTube video made just for anxious kids to watch. In this short video I explain what anxiety is, why kids get it and how it works. Subscribe to my YouTube channel for new videos every week created just for kids with anxiety and OCD.
separation anxiety is a normal stage of development. Knowing that doesn’t make this phase that much easier to stomach! 1) Play games that encourage healthy separation. Toddlers who are in the throes of separation anxiety feel they are not completely safe if they are not in direct contact with their parent (most often the mother). You can encourage brief periods of small […]
In this rare and exclusive interview, we finally get to talk to a toddler stalker and hear what he has to say about his mother’s accusations! Reporter: Your mother calls you a toddler stalker. What do you have to say about that? TS: What mom calls her kid a toddler stalker? I mean seriously! Isn’t that just a bit inappropriate. I think she needs to […]
Traveling with a toddler can be a very exhaustive, tedious experience, but add a nervous toddler to the mix and you may swear off traveling completely! Trust me – I have been there! Although nothing will make your trip completely stress-free, there are a few steps you can take when traveling with a toddler to at least stack the deck in your favor! Prepare your […]
Dear Mommy and Daddy, It’s me, your anxious toddler. I know I don’t normally have the words to explain my behavior and at times I probably really frustrated you. I am sorry. I frustrate myself too. I am not trying to be difficult and I am not a bad kid, but sometimes things just get overwhelming. Like in the mornings when you ask me […]
With all the other milestones our children have to meet – like potty training and eating – we forget the important emotional milestones our toddlers need to conquer. When toddlers have a hard time expressing their feelings they are more likely to get frustrated and aggressive and can lash out at those around them. How many of us have observed our little angels turn into […]
Fear of the dark is a common and typical fear for most children. Fear of the dark usually starts to crop up in toddlerhood. When children’s cognitive abilities expand – so does their imagination! For some kids, this fear never goes away. Some kids are more seriously affected by their fear of the dark. Children who tend to have an anxious personality can be more debilitated by […]
In my private practice, parents have often asked me what are the causes of toddler anxiety. They look to possible trauma or poor parenting as the origin. They confess all of their parenting mistakes – mistakes we have all done at one point or another. The truth of the matter is, there doesn’t have to be a cause for your child’s anxiety – anxiety runs in […]