AT Parenting Survival Podcast: Parenting | Child Anxiety | Motherhood | Kids & Family

By Natasha Daniels: Child Therapist, Child Anxiety and OCD Expert, Parenting Coach and Parent

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The truth is we are all surviving parenting one day at a time. Whether you are dealing with tantrums, potty training, discipline or child anxiety, parenting can be overwhelming at times! On The AT Parenting Survival Podcast your host Natasha Daniels will ride the Parental roller coaster with you. She will teach you wacky parenting approaches, give you a new perspective on common parenting problems and will re-invigorate your sparkle for parenting.

Episode Date
PSP 071: Are You an Introverted Parent Raising an Extroverted Kid? Tips on How to Survive!
37:53
<p>You like quiet. You like calm. You like a slow pace. Enter parenthood. Screaming children. Play dates. Birthday parties. Constant interaction. This can be beyond overwhelming for an introverted parent. But what if that was just the beginning? What if that little bundle of joy was an extroverted bundle of friendliness? What if your introverted self gave birth to a foreign species. A species you know nothing about?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/introverted-parent/">PSP 071: Are You an Introverted Parent Raising an Extroverted Kid? Tips on How to Survive!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Jun 19, 2018
PSP 070: When Anxiety & OCD Starve our Kids: ARFID and Restrictive Eating
32:31
<p>There is nothing worse than watching your child starve to death. It can creep up slowly or happen overnight. Meals are missed. Favorite foods are no longer favored. Plate after plate, meal after meal goes untouched. Perhaps initially you chalk it up to “picky eating” but then you realize it is something much more. Welcome to the world of Avoidant/ Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, also known as ARFID.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/arfid/">PSP 070: When Anxiety & OCD Starve our Kids: ARFID and Restrictive Eating</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Jun 05, 2018
PSP 069: 4 Things Only a Parent Raising an Anxious Child Would Get!
34:31
<p>One of the most frustrating aspects of raising an anxious child is the lack of understanding other people have for your struggles. Insensitive comments, criticisms or “helpful” advice can leave you feeling inadequate and insecure. Bringing up an anxious child takes a unique set of skills and a completely different parenting style.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/raising-an-anxious-child/">PSP 069: 4 Things Only a Parent Raising an Anxious Child Would Get!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
May 29, 2018
PSP 068: Parenting with Anxiety: Learn How to Crush Your Own Anxiety
35:07
<p>Parenting is a hard enough gig. But when you add your own anxiety to the mix it can be an uphill battle. I spend much of my time talking to you about how to help your kids with anxiety and OCD, but what about you? As parents we often put our needs last. This is unfortunate because parenting will take every ounce of your strength and of your sanity. You will need to be at your best. So how can you do that? By taking care of yourself and your needs – including your own anxiety. Parenting with anxiety can feel like parenting with one arm tied behind your back. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/parenting-with-anxiety/">PSP 068: Parenting with Anxiety: Learn How to Crush Your Own Anxiety</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
May 22, 2018
PSP 067: Harm OCD: What it is and How to Help Kids Who Have It.
33:56
<p>Your child is bombarded with “bad thoughts.” They are asking you bizarre questions that are stopping you dead in your tracks. What if I hurt myself? What if I hurt you? What if I set the house on fire? What if I jump in front of a train? What if I left a scratch on your car? They riddle every conversation with apologies and more questions. They are consumed with worry. They don’t want to have these thoughts. They don’t want to hurt themselves or other people. But they can’t make these thoughts stop. These thoughts scare you. These thoughts scare them. Welcome to the world of Harm OCD. Harm OCD is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/child-harm-ocd/">PSP 067: Harm OCD: What it is and How to Help Kids Who Have It.</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
May 15, 2018
PSP 066: What to Do When Your Child’s Therapy isn’t Progressing
25:12
<p>“How did it go?” You ask your child after yet another therapy session. “Fine.” Your child flatly replies. It’s been months and it is always the same thing. No reaction after therapy. No behavioral changes at home. Is your child’s therapy working? Are there goals? What is going on in there? </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/childs-therapy/">PSP 066: What to Do When Your Child’s Therapy isn’t Progressing</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
May 08, 2018
PSP 065: Motivating Kids to Crush Anxiety or OCD When They Have No Fight in Them
46:15
<p>You’ve identified your child’s issue. They have anxiety. Maybe they have OCD. You’ve soaked up every article, book and podcast on the topic. You painstakingly located a therapist to work with your child. Everything is in place – except your child’s motivation. Why doesn’t your child want to work on their issues? How do you get them motivated to crush anxiety or OCD? </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/crush-anxiety/">PSP 065: Motivating Kids to Crush Anxiety or OCD When They Have No Fight in Them</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
May 01, 2018
PSP 064: Answering Questions About Medicating Kids for Anxiety or OCD
31:01
<p>One of the hardest decisions for a parent is whether or not to medicate a child with anxiety or OCD. For many parents who aren’t raising a child with anxiety or OCD this may be a no brainer. But when your child is paralyzed with fear, unable to eat, unable to go to school, is scrubbing their hands until they bleed – you might have a different perspective on medicating kids with anxiety or OCD.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/medicating-kids-for-anxiety-or-ocd/">PSP 064: Answering Questions About Medicating Kids for Anxiety or OCD</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Apr 24, 2018
PSP 063: Are you a Mom with Social Anxiety? How to Not Only Survive But Thrive.
39:36
<p>Kids birthday parties. Play dates. Mommy groups. If those words create a small knot in your stomach you are not alone. Social anxiety is a major struggle, but when you add parenthood to the mix you can suddenly find yourself walking in a social minefield. Being a mom with social anxiety catapults you into a sea of social interaction that is hard to avoid. The guilt of not being social is now not only about you, but about your kids. Ouch. That makes it even harder to deal with it.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/mom-with-social-anxiety/">PSP 063: Are you a Mom with Social Anxiety? How to Not Only Survive But Thrive.</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Apr 17, 2018
PSP 062 : How to Help a Child Who Pulls Hair or Picks Skin: Interview with Aneela & Ellen from Habitaware
1:05:42
<p>Your daughter comes home from school and half her eyebrows are gone. You are giving your son a bath and you notice a patch of hair missing from the back of his head. Your teenager picks at her skin until she creates scabs. This behavior can freak parents out! I know – it freaked me out. When scabs started showing up on my daughter’s forehead I didn’t know what to think. Why does she keep getting scabs in that one area? Then one day I saw her little hand digging deep into her skin. My heart sank. “What?”She said staring at me with big eyes. “I like to pick.” She said simply. She is not alone. Many of us have a child who pulls hair or picks skin. And many of us feel desperate to make them stop.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/child-who-pulls-hair/">PSP 062 : How to Help a Child Who Pulls Hair or Picks Skin: Interview with Aneela & Ellen from Habitaware</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Apr 10, 2018
PSP 061 : An Interview with Chris Baier, the Producer of Unstuck: An OCD Kids Movie
46:26
<p>I’m embarrassed. I’m weird. I’m crazy. These are statements I hear every week from kids with OCD. Kids who think they are alone. Kids who don’t understand their disorder. Kids who don’t realize that there are kids all over the world, just like them. Chris Baier understands this struggle all too well. When his daughter Vanessa was just nine she changed from a happy-go-lucky child to a child filled with worries and compulsions. Vanessa also felt alone. She felt like no one else understood what she was going through.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/unstuck-ocd-kids-movie/">PSP 061 : An Interview with Chris Baier, the Producer of Unstuck: An OCD Kids Movie</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Apr 03, 2018
PSP 060: Keep Calm & Carry On While Raising Kids with Anxiety and OCD
26:32
<p>When I stare at my son spit a mouthful of food out and discretely tuck it under his plate my heart stops. When I spot my youngest daughter picking at her skin until it bleeds my stomach starts to hurt. When my kids stay up late at night because they are fearful they will be killed if they fall sleep my heart sinks. Anxiety and OCD are hard to stomach. It is hard to watch our children struggle and not allow it to be OUR struggle. To not allow it to be our defeat. How can it not be? But if you want to survive this whole business of raising kids with anxiety and OCD, perspective and separation are key.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/raising-kids-with-anxiety/">PSP 060: Keep Calm & Carry On While Raising Kids with Anxiety and OCD</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Mar 31, 2018
PSP 059 : Helping Kids with Anxiety by Doing the Opposite of What Feels Right: Interview with Dr. Kaylene Henderson
33:43
<p>Much of what we’ve learned about parenting comes from our own childhood. Good, bad or ugly – it is often what we know. We are also surrounded by people who are quick to share all their parenting wins and strategies. So what happens when typical parenting approaches don't work for our anxious kids? Helping kids with anxiety often requires a unique set of parenting approaches that can feel counterintuitive.</p> <p>I had the pleasure of discussing these issues with Dr. Kaylene Henderson, a Child Health Specialist who offers her knowledge and expertise in workshops as well as on her site A Dose of Awesomeness.</p> <p>We talked about parenting approaches that help anxious kids and discussed aligning with our kids to problem-solve. We talked about doing “just enough” to teach our children self-reliance and self-confidence. She discussed how our own childhood impacts our perspective on parenting, and the interesting science behind it. And lastly we talked about the importance of believing in our children's abilities.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/helping-kids-with-anxiety/">PSP 059 : Helping Kids with Anxiety by Doing the Opposite of What Feels Right: Interview with Dr. Kaylene Henderson</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Mar 20, 2018
PSP 058 : Kids Will Get Better Anxiety Relief if They Understand Anxiety: Interview with Karen Young from Hey Sigmund, Author of Hey Warrior
46:13
<p>Children will have a hard time getting anxiety relief if they don’t understand how anxiety works. Karen Young, the creator HeySigmund.com teaches us how to talk to our kids.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/anxiety-relief-heysigmund/">PSP 058 : Kids Will Get Better Anxiety Relief if They Understand Anxiety: Interview with Karen Young from Hey Sigmund, Author of Hey Warrior</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Mar 13, 2018
PSP 057: The Impact of Technology on Kids with Anxiety and OCD: Interview with Dr. Adam Pletter
54:47
<p>Kids with anxiety and OCD often have an intimate connection with technology. It is where they go to distract themselves from their scary thoughts. It is where their obsessive nature takes over. It is the cause of huge meltdowns. It is the platform for google searches and rumination. It is the arena for bullying and low self-esteem.</p> <p>What’s your child’s relationship with technology? Do you know how to harness its power for good? Technology is not the enemy. In fact, it can be a great resource if you know how to use it. Join me for an insightful discussion with Dr. Adam Pletter, a psychologist and national expert in technology.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/kids-with-anxiety-and-technology/">PSP 057: The Impact of Technology on Kids with Anxiety and OCD: Interview with Dr. Adam Pletter</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Mar 06, 2018
PSP 056 : Did You Know Strep Can Cause OCD Symptoms? Learn About PANDAS/PANS in My Interview with Beth Maloney
58:50
<p>Most of us know that Strep can attack our joints. Most of us know that Strep can attack our heart. But did you know that Strep can attack our brain? It hides behind OCD symptoms. It hides behind children who all of a sudden are afraid to eat, afraid to sleep. Who start to wet the bed. Who start to rage. Who start to develop compulsions, tics and struggles they’ve never had before. It hides under the mystery and denial of PANDAS/PANS.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/pandas-pans/">PSP 056 : Did You Know Strep Can Cause OCD Symptoms? Learn About PANDAS/PANS in My Interview with Beth Maloney</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Feb 27, 2018
PSP 054: Exposure and Response Prevention Ideas for Parents Helping Children with OCD
43:41
<p>So maybe you’ve heard about Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), but the ideas of how to do exposures are just not flowing? Developing exposures require a deep understanding of your child’s core fears, while being creative and thinking out of the box.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-54-exposure-and-response-prevention/">PSP 054: Exposure and Response Prevention Ideas for Parents Helping Children with OCD</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Feb 13, 2018
PSP 055: What Helped My OCD: A 12-Year-Old Talks About Her Experience
39:29
<p>Having OCD is hard enough, but being a kid or teenager with OCD is even harder. Many children with OCD think they are the only ones suffering with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. They don’t realize that OCD in kids is much more common than they think! They struggle alone and many wonder how on earth they are supposed to beat OCD.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/beat-ocd/">PSP 055: What Helped My OCD: A 12-Year-Old Talks About Her Experience</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Feb 12, 2018
PSP 053: ERP for OCD & Anxiety: What it is and Why it is So Effective
48:13
<p>When children are afraid or obsessed with a horrible thought you might think that the best way to help them is to teach them to get their mind “off of it.” Not only is this not effective, it can actually make anxiety and OCD worse. ERP for OCD and anxiety, also known as Exposure and Response Prevention is a counterintuitive therapy that has some parents running in the opposite direction.</p> <p>But let me tell you why this wacky approach not only works, but is the gold standard for treatment.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-053-erp-for-ocd/">PSP 053: ERP for OCD & Anxiety: What it is and Why it is So Effective</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Feb 06, 2018
PSP 52: Tackling Doubt: Child Anxiety and OCD’s Lethal Weapon
30:46
<p>If you are dealing with Child anxiety or OCD there is one lethal weapon you are up against….doubt. Almost everything related to anxiety and OCD comes down to doubt and uncertainty. When you conquer doubt, you conquer anxiety and OCD.</p> <p>Not sure how to do this with your child? Let me know you how…</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/child-anxiety-ocd/">PSP 52: Tackling Doubt: Child Anxiety and OCD’s Lethal Weapon</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Jan 30, 2018
PSP 51: Learning How to Find the Core Fear Behind Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD
32:45
<p>Your child is refusing to go to school, but you don’t know why. Your child is up all night in a perpetual state of panic, but nothing seems to calm them down. Your child is tapping things and turning the light switch on and off three times, but you have no idea why. Knowing your child has anxiety or OCD is different from knowing what is behind your child’s anxiety or OCD.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/childs-anxiety-or-ocd/">PSP 51: Learning How to Find the Core Fear Behind Your Child’s Anxiety or OCD</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Jan 23, 2018
PSP 050: Explaining OCD to People Who Don’t Get it: Helping Siblings, Family & Friends Understand OCD
29:32
<p>Do you know what is almost worse than having a child with OCD? Seeing your child be surrounded by people who just don’t get OCD. Siblings who tease their brother or sister for their “strange” behavior. Partners who tell your child to “just stop!” Relatives who think they are being helpful when they tell you “they’ll grow out of it.” And teachers who don’t understand how your child can have OCD when they just don’t see it. Explaining OCD to people who just don’t get it can be daunting. OCD can be complicated even for parents to understand.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-050-explaining-ocd/">PSP 050: Explaining OCD to People Who Don’t Get it: Helping Siblings, Family & Friends Understand OCD</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Jan 16, 2018
PSP 049: Explaining Anxiety to People Who Don’t Get it: Helping Siblings, Family & Friends
44:43
<p>How many times have you heard people say things like,“you just coddle him too much” or “you just need to be tougher with her!” Some other oldies but goodies are, “She doesn’t act that way for me” and “he’ll grow out of it. Don’t worry.” Sometimes explaining anxiety to people who don’t get it can make your head spin. Trust me, I get it. I have bitten my tongue so many times - I have callouses. What about if those people are your other kids? What if you hear things like, "Why do you treat him like that?" or "If that was me I would totally get in trouble!" How can you explain anxiety to your other children so they can "get" their anxious sibling and maybe even help and not hurt the situation?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-049-explaining-anxiety/">PSP 049: Explaining Anxiety to People Who Don’t Get it: Helping Siblings, Family & Friends</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Jan 09, 2018
PSP 048: Inside the Mind of an Anxious Child: A Six Year Old Talks About What Helps.
40:27
<p>On a random sick day, my youngest anxious child loomed in my office as I prepared to record my latest podcast. “What are you doing?” She asked. I told her I’m going to be on the “radio” teaching parents how to help their anxious kids. My six year old’s eyes widen and she said, “Maybe they would like to hear from a kid instead?” I agreed. She pulled up a stool next to me. Her little feed dangling as she spoke in the big microphone. I listened in awe as my daughter talked about her battle with her “worry cloud.” She talked about what helps and what doesn’t. And once again the student was the teacher.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-048-anxious-child/">PSP 048: Inside the Mind of an Anxious Child: A Six Year Old Talks About What Helps.</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Jan 02, 2018
PSP 047: What to Do When Anxiety Causes Our Kids to Have Negative Thoughts
51:47
<p>“I had the worst day ever!” My child screams. Thirty minutes ago everything was going well. He had a good day at school and he was excited to go play. While doing homework he shouts “I’m the dumbest kid ever!” Who is this kid and where did my child go? This is a kid who gets straight As. So what is going on? Anxiety. Anxiety doesn’t always look like anxiety. Sometimes it looks like aggression. Sometimes it looks like opposition. And sometimes…it makes a child very negative. So how do you help a child who oozes negative thoughts?<br /> You can try with some of these approaches…</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-047-negative-thoughts/">PSP 047: What to Do When Anxiety Causes Our Kids to Have Negative Thoughts</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Dec 19, 2017
PSP 046: Signs of a Good vs Bad Child OCD and Anxiety Therapist
46:04
<p>Do you like coffee? I do too. But not every cup of coffee is the same. Starbucks coffee is generally too strong. Dunkin Donuts coffee is liquid heaven. Therapy is the same way. Therapists are like coffee beans…there are a zillion types and not all of them are going to be good. This is especially true if you are looking for a child OCD or Anxiety therapist.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-046-child-ocd/">PSP 046: Signs of a Good vs Bad Child OCD and Anxiety Therapist</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Dec 12, 2017
PSP 045: OCD and Anxiety in School: The Most Misunderstood Students
54:31
<p>Sarah sits at the back of the room. Her face has gone pale. Her hands are getting clammy. The teacher hands out the test. She feels nauseous, confused. The room starts to spin. She runs out of the room. The teacher stares at the empty seat. What just happened? OCD and Anxiety in school are often an unnoticed or mislabeled issue.</p> <p>They are the quiet kids who are afraid to raise their hands. The aggressive kids who are feeling cornered and trapped. The perfectionistic kids who never hand in work because it’s not perfect. They are the kids that don’t participate, are frequently absent and know the nurse by her first name.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-045-ocd-anxiety-in-school/">PSP 045: OCD and Anxiety in School: The Most Misunderstood Students</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Dec 05, 2017
PSP 044: Just Right OCD: What it is and Why it is Misunderstood and Mislabeled as Perfectionism or Sensory Processing Disorder
44:02
<p>Your child is erasing and rewriting their homework…again. She is asking you over and over again if her answers sound right. She checks and rechecks that you understand what she is trying to tell you. Is she a perfectionist? Or could it be something more? Your son tightens one shoe and then the other. “No!” He shouts. The left one is not as tight as the right. He unties the shoes and begins again. Tying and tying. Over and over again. Does he have Sensory Processing Disorder or could it be something different? Just Right OCD is often missed. It can look like so many other issues.</p> <p>So what is Just Right OCD and how do you help kids who have it? Let’s talk…</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-044-just-right-ocd/">PSP 044: Just Right OCD: What it is and Why it is Misunderstood and Mislabeled as Perfectionism or Sensory Processing Disorder</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Nov 28, 2017
PSP 043: Do You Blame Yourself for Your Child’s Anxiety and OCD? Why That’s not Good for You or Your Child.
51:28
<p>For some reason as parents we tend to feel this unrealistic weight and responsibility for everything that happens to our children. They got sick? What did we do to not keep them healthy? They got in a fight? Why didn’t we teach them how to solve their problems better? They are struggling in school? Why didn’t we enroll them in pre-school when they were in utero? So, I guess it makes sense that when our kids get anxiety and OCD we throw ourselves under the bus for that as well. </p> <p>Sadly though, all this self-depreciation not only makes us less effective as a parent, but it hurts our kids with anxiety and OCD as well. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-043-anxiety-and-ocd/">PSP 043: Do You Blame Yourself for Your Child’s Anxiety and OCD? Why That’s not Good for You or Your Child.</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Nov 21, 2017
PSP 042: How to Help Kids with Intrusive Thoughts
47:40
<p>Anxiety is not always visible. It is not always obvious. Sometimes it is silently attacking your child from the inside out. It makes itself cozy in a child’s mind that is already filled with doubt and insecurity. Intrusive thoughts are confusing to kids. They are scary to kids. Heck, they are scary for parents. So how do you help your child deal with them? It is the opposite of what you may think…</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-042-intrusive-thoughts/">PSP 042: How to Help Kids with Intrusive Thoughts</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Nov 14, 2017
PSP 041: Interview with Author Dawn Huebner, Anxiety Expert and Author of What to Do When You Worry Too Much
43:34
<p>Parenting a child with anxiety or OCD can be confusing, overwhelming and lonely. If you have a child struggling with anxiety or OCD, you most likely have read one of Dawn Huebner’s books. Dawn Huebner is an anxiety expert and best selling author of What to Do When You Worry Too Much and What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck. Her new book Outsmarting Worry offers kids a wonderfully in-depth approach on how to beat their anxiety and/or OCD. Listen in as I talk to Dawn Huebner about her insights on how to parent kids with anxiety and OCD.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-041-anxiety-expert-dawn-huebner/">PSP 041: Interview with Author Dawn Huebner, Anxiety Expert and Author of What to Do When You Worry Too Much</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Nov 07, 2017
PSP 040: How to Deal with a Partner Who Doesn’t Believe in Anxiety Disorders?
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<p>Your child is standing there, white-knuckled and pale as a ghost. “I can’t do it,” they whisper. “I’m scared.” You are about to offer words of encouragement when your partner chimes in. “Stop playing games and just do it!” You feel your stomach drop. You give your partner the death glare, but it has little effect as the tirade continues. “I’m tired of this! Just do it or you are grounded.” You stare at your child, wide-eyed and paralyzed with fear. You have two problems. A child with debilitating anxiety and a partner who doesn’t believe in anxiety disorders. What are you supposed to do with that?!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-040-anxiety-disorders/">PSP 040: How to Deal with a Partner Who Doesn’t Believe in Anxiety Disorders?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Oct 31, 2017
PSP 039: How to Help Anxious Kids with Big Life Changes
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<p>There were three words that would stop me dead in my tracks as a kid – We. Are. Moving. I didn’t handle change well and unfortunately my parents didn’t handle stability well. It was a bad combination for an anxious kid like me. I also felt silently overwhelmed when our family dog died, when I changed schools, when my parents got divorced and all the life that happened in between. So, how should parents help anxious kids deal with such big life changes? I can tell you what I tell parents in my therapy practice and privately what I wish my own parents would have done as well.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-039-anxious-kids/">PSP 039: How to Help Anxious Kids with Big Life Changes</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Oct 24, 2017
PSP 038: Is Your Child Feeling Anxious But You Don’t Know Why? Learn How to Find the Source of the Anxiety.
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<p>It is past midnight. Your child is still refusing to go to sleep. “What are you scared of?” You ask impatiently. Your child just shrugs. “I don’t know.” You child refuses to go to school. “Why don’t you like going to school?” You ask for the hundredth time. Your child stares at you blankly. You know your child is feeling anxious, but you don’t have any clue as to why.</p> <p>Unfortunately, it is hard to beat anxiety when you don’t know exactly what you are trying to beat. The thoughts behind feeling anxious are critical in arming your child with the necessary tools to overcome their anxiety. So how do you even begin to unravel this mystery of what causes your child’s anxiety? You can start by asking them these questions…</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-038-feeling-anxious/">PSP 038: Is Your Child Feeling Anxious But You Don’t Know Why? Learn How to Find the Source of the Anxiety.</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Oct 17, 2017
PSP 037: 3 Things I Wish Every Parent Raising a Child with OCD Would Do
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<p>Raising a child with OCD can be incredibly difficult. After seeing children with OCD in my practice for so many years, there are three things I wish every parent would do.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-37-child-with-ocd/">PSP 037: 3 Things I Wish Every Parent Raising a Child with OCD Would Do</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Oct 10, 2017
PSP 036: Helping Anxious Kids When Shootings & Other Tragedies Happen
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<p>I wake up and reach for my phone. Breaking news headlines scream for my attention. Not again, I think. How many tragedies do we need to witness? How many mass shootings and bombings do my children need to live through? It doesn’t help that I have three anxious kids. Anxiety feeds off these headlines. Thrives off these dark moments of time. It has the power to ruin any progress a child has made crushing their anxiety .So how do we handle the situation? Do we tell our anxious kids what has happened? How do we minimize the impact it has on their already fragile view of life’s dangers? </p> <p>We can’t ignore these life events, but we can frame it in a way that minimizes the long-term impact. Here’s how…</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-036-helping-anxious-kids/">PSP 036: Helping Anxious Kids When Shootings & Other Tragedies Happen</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Oct 02, 2017
PSP 035: Emetophobia: When Kids Fear Throwing Up
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<p>She’s been in school for two hours. An hour longer than yesterday. I reluctantly answer my phone. “Mom,” I hear her say. “I’m feeling really sick. Can you pick me up?” My daughter doesn’t have the stomach flu. She doesn’t have the latest virus. She has emetophobia, a phobia so intense it is actually making her sick.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-035-emetophobia/">PSP 035: Emetophobia: When Kids Fear Throwing Up</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Sep 26, 2017
PSP #34: Learn How to Empower Your Anxious Kids to Fight Anxiety
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<p>Anxiety likes victims. It likes followers. Anxiety likes to bully, dictate and control every thought, action and decision. Anxiety… completely sucks. So how do you help your child who is genetically doomed to live life in the shadows of anxiety? How do you teach them that there are other options - that being a victim isn’t the only choice. How do you empower your child to fight anxiety?</p> <p>As parents, we have a big role in empowering our children to fight anxiety. We can inadvertently teach them how to be anxiety’s victim or how to be anxiety’s slayer. I opt for the latter. How about you?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/fight-anxiety/">PSP #34: Learn How to Empower Your Anxious Kids to Fight Anxiety</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Sep 19, 2017
PSP 033: How to Help Kids Who are Afraid of Storms
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<p>Your son peeks his head out the window. His face pales. “Mom, is it supposed to rain today?” You look out the window. You see only one lonely cloud in the sky. “I don’t think so.” You respond. But you realize too late that your answer only fueled his concern. “You’re not sure?” He whines. You take a deep breath and prepare for the unraveling to begin. He does not disappoint. You know lots of kids are afraid of storms, but your child takes his fear to another level.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-033-afraid-of-storms/">PSP 033: How to Help Kids Who are Afraid of Storms</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Sep 12, 2017
PSP 032: When Kids have to Confess Bad Thoughts: Helping Scrupulosity OCD
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<p>“Mom I need to talk to you,” you hear your son whisper again. “I’m having bad thoughts.” You know where this is headed. This is the tenth time today he’s pulled you aside to talk. “Two years ago, I think I did something bad,” he confesses. His voice trails off as your mind starts to wonder. What is going on? Why does my son have to confess every thought, behavior and memory he thinks is bad? Why don’t my reassurances make him feel better? You remember once reading something about scrupulosity OCD, could that be what is going on?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-032-scrupulosity-ocd/">PSP 032: When Kids have to Confess Bad Thoughts: Helping Scrupulosity OCD</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Sep 05, 2017
PSP 031: How to Help Socially Anxious Kids
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<p>Another school year is upon us. You hold your breath. Who will your socially anxious child cling to this year? No matter how much you encourage your child to make lots of friends, inevitably your child is like Velcro to one kid the entire year. You know your child is socially anxious, but how are you supposed to help? What is the problem with making more than one friend? After all, you don’t remember struggling like this. Are there more things you can be doing?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/socially-anxious/">PSP 031: How to Help Socially Anxious Kids</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Aug 29, 2017
PSP 030: When Child Anxiety & OCD Look Like Oppositional Defiance
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<p>“No!” He screams at the top of his lungs. “I’m not doing it!” You look at his red, sweaty face and you know what is about to come. You have seen that lost look many times before. You hold your breath and wait for the inevitable. He rages. He destroys. He brings chaos to the entire family. And then…he is done. Exhausted, no more fight left in him. A wake of destruction left in his path. Everybody wants to tell you your son has issues with oppositional defiance, but you know under all that rage is an anxious, scared boy.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-030-oppositional-defiance/">PSP 030: When Child Anxiety & OCD Look Like Oppositional Defiance</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Aug 22, 2017
PSP 029: How to Deal with OCD in Young Children
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<p>You stare as your daughter lines up her toys, first by color and then by size. You’ve long ago ignored the well-intentioned friends and family who told you her behaviors were “typical.” There was nothing typical about it. You spend most of your morning sitting where she wants you to sit, following her very specific demands. Demands that if not followed to the letter, will result in a catastrophic meltdown that can go on for hours. You are pretty sure your child is showing early signs of OCD. That is not rocket science to you. But what you really want to know is how to deal with OCD – especially in a child this young.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-029-how-to-deal-with-ocd/">PSP 029: How to Deal with OCD in Young Children</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Aug 15, 2017
PSP 028: Don’t Wait to Help Anxiety in Young Children
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<p>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?</p> <p>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.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-028-anxiety-in-young-children/">PSP 028: Don’t Wait to Help Anxiety in Young Children</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Aug 08, 2017
PSP 027: Why Reassurance Doesn’t Help Children with Anxiety and OCD
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<p>“You’re going to be okay honey,” you say for the hundredth time that hour. Your words drip off her deaf ears. Why won’t she believe you? She asks you to tell her again. You take a deep breath and offer her more reassurance. It is like pouring water into a bucket that can never be filled up. Is this how you are supposed to help children with anxiety and OCD?</p> <p>You would think that offering reassurance would help anxious children, but in reality it isn’t helpful at all. Sorry to burst your bubble. But parenting children with anxiety or OCD is like trying to write with the wrong hand. Everything you typically do as a parent just won’t work. Reassurance is the enemy of anxiety and OCD and instead of putting out the fire it is like pouring gasoline on a blaze. It’s just not a good idea.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-027-children-with-anxiety/">PSP 027: Why Reassurance Doesn’t Help Children with Anxiety and OCD</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Aug 01, 2017
PSP 026: When Sounds Cause a Child’s Brain to Rage: Understanding Misophonia Triggers
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<p>It’s dinner time. You prepare for battle. You put the spaghetti down and find yourself tensing up. It doesn’t take long. One slurp. One fork scraping teeth. The screaming begins. The doors get slammed. Dinner is over. This happens every night. But, it’s not just dinner. There are many other sounds that cause your child to rage out of control. Misophonia has been destroying the peace in your house. Misophonia triggers are everywhere.</p> <p>Misophonia triggers aren’t about noises being perceived as too loud (hyperacusis), it is about pattern-based noises triggering the limbic system, causing suffers to instantly feel rage, disgust and anxiety when exposed to certain noises.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-026-misophonia-triggers/">PSP 026: When Sounds Cause a Child’s Brain to Rage: Understanding Misophonia Triggers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Jul 25, 2017
PSP 025: Child OCD is Not Just About Germs | 8 Common OCD Themes
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<p>Your child is doing another “quirky” behavior. It seems like it is always something. You remember the time she had to twirl as she entered a room. And then there was the time that she had to blow on her fingers. You stare as your daughter is tapping the kitchen table four times with each finger. What do these behaviors mean? Once a well-intentioned friend suggested it was child OCD. You had scoffed at the idea. She obviously didn’t know your daughter. Her room looks like a bomb hit it and don’t even get you started on her hygiene. But if it isn’t child OCD, what is it?</p> <p>So many parents dismiss the possibility of childhood OCD because they don’t understand it. OCD isn’t just about germs. OCD isn’t about being neat and orderly. Sure, those are two components in some OCD themes, but what about the thousands of other themes?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-025-child-ocd/">PSP 025: Child OCD is Not Just About Germs | 8 Common OCD Themes</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Jul 18, 2017
PSP 024: How We Teach Our Kids to Not Trust Their Gut Feeling
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<p>The hair on the back of her neck is standing up. Her stomach feels weird. She doesn’t like how he is staring at her. She has a weird gut feeling, but she doesn’t know what it is. “Go hug your Uncle Victor,” her mom says. She nervously shakes her head no. “Don’t be rude! Go hug him!” her mom demands.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-024-gut-feeling/">PSP 024: How We Teach Our Kids to Not Trust Their Gut Feeling</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Jul 11, 2017
PSP 023: When Anxiety and OCD Cause Poor Behavior & Meltdowns
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<p>Your child is imploding. You stand there in disbelief. What happened? You run through the last ten minutes in your head looking for the trigger, the spark that lit this fiery storm. Like a needle in a haystack, your mental search is futile. You come up empty handed – again. Meltdowns and poor behavior are becoming par for the course in your home.</p> <p>You want to throw the parenting rule book at him. You want to strip him of every privilege and shut this nasty party down. But this isn’t your first rodeo. You’ve been here many times before and you know how it goes. This isn’t your ordinary, run of the mill poor behavior. These aren’t your typical meltdowns. These meltdowns are born from a build up of anxiety. A build up a stress. A build up of such strong emotion there should have been an emergency alert before it hit your home.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-023-anxiety-ocd-meltdowns/">PSP 023: When Anxiety and OCD Cause Poor Behavior & Meltdowns</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Jul 04, 2017
PSP 022: Understanding Introverted and Reserved Kids: They Aren’t Always Shy!
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<p>"Oh no,” her mom says. “There is no way she's an introvert. She isn’t afraid to talk to people.” I think to myself, another person who doesn’t get introverts. Sometimes I feel like introverts are the most misunderstood people on this planet. Reserved kids aren’t necessarily shy kids. I know that those two words may seem synonymous, but they aren’t. Introverted or reserved kids aren’t always shy. They aren’t always afraid to interact with people. Some kids just prefer one-on-one interactions. Some kids just prefer less environmental chaos.</p> <p>I get introverts. I get reserved kids. They are my people. Let me help you get them as well.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-022-reserved-kids/">PSP 022: Understanding Introverted and Reserved Kids: They Aren’t Always Shy!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.anxioustoddlers.com">AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages</a>.</p>
Jun 27, 2017