Your child clings to you for dear life when anyone even glances her way. Trying something new is a major event. Your shadow is 3 ft tall and calls you mama. People tell you she’ll grow out of it. Your relatives whisper in silent judgment. But your gut instinct is telling you this isn’t your fault. Your gut instinct is telling you this isn’t right. Should you turn a blind eye and hope for the best or should you face this problem head on? What can be done for anxiety in young children? Can young kids even get anxious?
Yes, they can. Anxiety doesn’t have to be about life events. Sometimes it is about genetics. Anxiety is thought to have a strong genetic basis and can be passed along, just like blue eyes and blonde hair.
Each of my three children have their own versions of stubbornness. My littlest one is giving me the most run for my money – at least that is how it feels right now. She is a toddler getting ready to rule the world, but first she needs to conquer me! She loves her chocolate milk. She loves her chocolate milk very early in the […]
OCD in Children: Are You Missing the Signs If you or someone in your family has OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) – your child is more at risk of getting OCD. OCD in children is believed to be inherited. So, along with eye color and hair color – your child can get OCD and Anxiety. [to listen to the podcast version of this click here] I have […]
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 […]
Teach your Child How to Fight Anxiety….and be a Super Hero! for a quick video lesson on how to parent your anxious child click here. Teaching your child how to fight anxiety can start at a very young age. I have worked with children as young as two and three that were able to learn skills on how to face their fears. So, roll up […]
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 […]
What are the signs of an anxious toddler? Many parents and even mental health professionals will miss the early signs of toddler anxiety, as it can often look vastly different than what we might expect. Common anxiety symptoms often do not show up until a child is school aged. But -why wait? What if you could detect those early signs and get your […]
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 […]