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September 9, 2019
Hands down the number one fear I deal with as a child therapist is the fear of bad guys. It isn’t surprising. I remember being a child myself, sitting in my bed, blanket up to my neck, wondering not if, but when would I be attacked.   The fear is often dealt with platitudes like:   I’m right here Who is going to hurt you Nothing has ever happened to you Why do you worry so much   In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast, I explore why those platitudes aren’t helpful and what to do and say instead. *** to get on waitlist for the Sleep Class go to: Www.bit.ly/sleepwaitlist to get a free PDF on 15 of some of the Most Common Reasons Why Kids are Scared to Sleep, go to: www.bit.ly/sleepfears   To learn more about the sleep class go to: www.bit.ly/sleepclass19
September 2, 2019
If the brain can imagine it, nightmares can create it. That can be hard for a child whose brain is constantly coming up with the worst-case scenarios for every situation. And when a child with nightmares, especially an anxious child, has them often – they can start to fear sleep altogether.   So how do you help your child with nightmares? Well, we can’t control whether they have them or not, but we can stack the deck in their favor. We can also teach them what to do afterwards, so they can get themselves back to sleep more easily.   In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast episode, I go into concrete tools you can use to ease your child into a relaxing sleep. I also go into how to teach kids to calm themselves and reset their brain, after a bad dream.  To learn more about my online, on-demand video class, go to: www.bit.ly/sleepclass19   To get on the waitlist for the sleep class (opens up 9/11/19) go to: www.bit.ly/sleepwaitlist   To get the free PDF, 15 of the Most Common Reasons Why Kids are Scared to Sleep, go to: www.bit.ly/sleepfears *** This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the guidance of a qualified professional.   Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Crush Moral OCD in Kids http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/moral-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
August 27, 2019
You are done. You can’t take it anymore. When will things get better? How long is this going to last? Will things ever change? Raising a child with anxiety or OCD can be beyond exhausting.   You are not alone.   Many of us have been there. We know what it is like to want to hit the escape button. We know what it is like to go to bed ridden with your own feelings of anxiety and hopelessness. All the What If’s and catastrophic thinking are hard to shut off.   There is hope.   When all the light is gone and all you see is darkness, it can be hard to feel hopeful. This week on the AT Parenting Survival Podcast, I am shining a light into your darkness, to let you know…   It will be okay.   *** This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the guidance of a qualified professional.   Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Crush Moral OCD in Kids http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/moral-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
August 20, 2019
We all do many things without a conscious thought. Our heart beats. Our food is digested. Our breath goes in and then goes out. Our eyes lids go up and then they go down. Our bladder constantly fills. But what happens when your attention constantly goes to these automatic behaviors? Welcome to the torturous world of Sensorimotor OCD.   OCD isn’t often understood by most, but Sensorimotor OCD is even less understood.   In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast, I am helping parents navigate the confusing world of Sensorimotor OCD. We talk about what it is and what to do about it.   Grab your free PDF on 15 of some of the most common reasons why kids are scared to sleep here: www.bit.ly/sleepfears   Get on my waitlist for my new class: How to Help Kids Who are Scared to Sleep and get a big discount the first week it is open: www.bit.ly/sleepwaitlist   *** This podcast is educational and is not meant to replace medical advice.   Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Crush Moral OCD in Kids http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/moral-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
August 13, 2019
“We don’t see it, he’s great for us.” “Nope, we don’t have any issues with her.” “Anxiety? Are you sure?” “OCD? I never see him wash his hands.” (eye roll to that one) “He is a perfect angel when he is with me.”   Ugh. These types of comments can make you doubt all that you know and see.   Is it me? Am I causing her anxiety? Am I causing this behavior? Do I make his OCD worse?   You are not alone. Parents everywhere are having these thoughts. They toss and turn before they go to sleep. They have pangs of doubt, guilt and anger when their child turns into a puddle for them and holds it together for everyone else.   So what is going on?   Well let’s put the parental guilt and shame down for a minute and look at some alternative perspectives.   In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast episode, I talk about why many of our kids with anxiety or OCD have the hardest time when they are us. And why it often has nothing to do with the parenting.   *** This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the guidance of a qualified professional.   Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Crush Moral OCD in Kids http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/moral-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
August 5, 2019
This podcast is for educational purposes only and should not replace medical advice. * To learn more about the great work Aaron Harvey is doing, visit www.intrusivethoughts.org and www.madeofmillions.com * To read the show notes go to www.atparentingsurvival.com/podcast * Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Crush Moral OCD in Kids http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/moral-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
July 30, 2019
Do you suffer from some parental anxiety? Have you gotten more anxious as you’ve gotten older? Do you attribute it to the chaos and stress you experience raising kids with anxiety or OCD? Well, you might be missing one key culprit…hormones! As women we start to have hormonal changes as early as our mid-thirties. And with those changes can come, fatigue, weight gain, irritability and….you guessed it, anxiety. This topic is not in my wheelhouse, so I invited Hilary Rank, a Health and Wellness Coach and the creator of the Balance Effect Method, to break it down for us. She talks about how these hormonal shifts work and what we can do to reduce the symptoms that come with it. Hilary Rank is a Health & Wellness Coach for women over 40 and creator of the Balanced Effect Method. She helps women get out of the “Frustrated and Frumpy Over 40 Trap” which leaves them feeling confused about what diet or program to follow, down on themselves, starving and hopeless to Fit & Fabulous so they will start looking, thinking and feeling happy, healthy and sexy. You can sign up for her free Balanced Effect Training right here: http://bit.ly/balancedeffectmethod You can also find Hilary at: https://healthybyhilary.com/ Join her Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/newevolutionofhealthyover40/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthybyhilary/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/healthybyhilary *** This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the guidance of a qualified professional. Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172 To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd To sign up for my online class: Crush Moral OCD in Kids http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/moral-ocd To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/ For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
July 23, 2019
The kids are huddled in the corner of the room. It is dark. It is quiet. They are told not to talk. They are told to hide behind objects and lock the classroom door. Some kids are shaking. Some kids have wide eyes. This is not an emergency situation. These are lockdown drills.   This can be very unnerving for any child, but for anxious children this has the potential to cause ongoing fear and panic.   So what should parents do? Many of us avoid the topic unless our kids bring it up. But with at least 32 states requiring monthly lockdown drills, many of our kids are exposed to these drills over 10 times a school year.   These are important drills (sadly), but how do we minimize the ongoing trauma these drills can evoke?   I brought in just the person to answer these questions. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast episode, I talk to Nancy Kislin, a psychotherapist and author of Lock Down: Talking to Your Kids About School Violence.   She brought so much insight to this topic and offered some solid, concrete steps anyone can take to help their children.   To learn more about Nancy's work go to Lockdownbook.com *** This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the guidance of a qualified professional.   Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   Order my new Social Skills Workbook for Kids 6-10: http://amzn.to/2GoXdy0   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Crush Moral OCD in Kids http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/moral-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
July 15, 2019
We all see anxiety differently. We bring our own baggage, or own history and our own issues along for the ride. Often moms and dads see anxiety differently. Sometimes it can be the source of disagreements and hurt feelings. And sometimes it can open our eyes to a new way of looking at things.   This week I invited Jason from Dad University to have a chat on the AT Parenting Survival Podcast and talk to me about anxiety from a father’s perspective. We talked about his own struggles with anxiety growing up and how that impacted his own parenting. Check out Dad University at www.daduniversity.com  ***   This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the guidance of a qualified professional.   Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   Order my new Social Skills Workbook for Kids 6-10: http://amzn.to/2GoXdy0   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Crush Moral OCD in Kids http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/moral-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
July 8, 2019
Bumpy socks, lumpy food, loud noises, large crowds, startling automatic toilet flushers… these are just a few things that can completely overwhelm some of our anxious kids. But don’t make the mistake of putting them in the same category with all your child’s other anxiety issues. Sensory related anxiety is different. And… it should be treated differently as well. Anxious kids tend to have more sensory issues. That’s really not surprising. The two issues tend to hang out together like long lost cousins. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast episode I talk about how even though anxiety and sensory issue are two peas in a pod – we shouldn’t make the mistake of treating them the same. *** Just this week (7/8/19) you can grab the Super Sensory Bundle. It is $1300 worth of products/resources from sensory experts for only $39.  Go to: www.bit.ly/supersensorybundle19
July 1, 2019
You are learning how to be a parent from a very young age, even from toddlerhood. Seriously! Everything you see, every interaction you have, will impact how you parent your own children. This can be inspiring or daunting depending on what type of childhood you had. But regardless of whether it was good, bad or in between you get to decide how your childhood influences your parenting. This is especially true when you parent an anxious child.   What triggers your own issues, your own memories?   The first step is awareness. Awareness of what is driving your parenting and awareness what is stirring underneath. The more you understand, the more you can parent with purpose.   *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   Order my new Social Skills Workbook for Kids 6-10: http://amzn.to/2GoXdy0   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Crush Moral OCD in Kids http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/moral-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
June 18, 2019
When we ask our kids to face their fears, it can be like asking them to jump off a cliff. Swim with sharks. Jump out of an airplane. All of which I know I would never want to do. That is why offering good incentives is key when trying to get kids to work on anxiety or OCD.   I’ve been asked often, what are good incentives? How do you use incentives? And will they just do it for the carrot in front of them!   In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast episode, we are talking all about how to use prizes, rewards, incentives and motivators.  *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   Order my new Social Skills Workbook for Kids 6-10: http://amzn.to/2GoXdy0   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Crush Moral OCD in Kids http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/moral-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
June 11, 2019
The bickering, the fighting, the taunting and teasing. It is enough to drive a parent to the brink of insanity. Seriously! So how are you supposed to handle sibling fighting? Is there some magic fairy dust to make it all go away?   Well, no – but there are things you can definitely do to minimize the level of sibling squabbles in your house.   In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast episode, I am sharing all my tips, tricks and survival techniques to get siblings to stop fighting. *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   Order my new Social Skills Workbook for Kids 6-10: http://amzn.to/2GoXdy0   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Crush Moral OCD in Kids http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/moral-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
June 4, 2019
They dig their heels in. They refuse to go. They refuse to eat. They refuse to move. Oppositional behavior in a child with OCD or anxiety can be all consuming.   So, what are you supposed to do?   Well for starters, treating it as typical oppositional behavior won’t work. Either will typical parenting approaches.   When a child with OCD or anxiety is being difficult, their opposition is vastly different than the typical oppositional kid.   In this week’s podcast episode, I dive into the oppositional behavior so many of us are dealing with when it comes to parenting kids with OCD or anxiety. *** To enroll in my new online, on-demand class, Handling Difficult Behavior in Kids with Anxiety or OCD, go to www.bit.ly/atbehavior.
May 28, 2019
Anxiety or OCD can make you feel like you house has been hijacked. It can make you feel like your home is not your own. Having a child with anxiety or OCD can often mean, having a controlling child. Kids with anxiety or OCD can be controlling for many reasons. In this week’s podcast episode, I go over the reasons why a child feels the need to exert control, and what to do about it.    To get on the waitlist for the Difficult Behavior Class text ATBEHAVIOR to 44222. To learn more about the class go to http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/difficult-behavior   *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   Order my new Social Skills Workbook for Kids 6-10: http://amzn.to/2GoXdy0   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Crush Moral OCD in Kids http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/moral-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
May 20, 2019
People will try to treat OCD with many different approaches. Treatment of OCD can include the use of talk therapy, play therapy, biofeedback or EMDR. But the truth of the matter is, OCD will not improve significantly without ERP, Exposure Response Prevention. So what is ERP and how does it work? I invited Dr. Martin Hsia, the Clinical Director at the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Southern California, to sit down with me to have a chat all about ERP in kids. To learn more about CBTSoCal go to www.CBTsocal.com **** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   Order my new Social Skills Workbook for Kids 6-10: http://amzn.to/2GoXdy0   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
May 14, 2019
Have you ever wondered what your child with OCD is going through? What their life is like growing up with OCD?   I had the pleasure of talking to John Tessitore, the founder of the JCK Foundation. He was willing to get raw with me and share some personal details of what life was like growing up with thoughts he hid from the outside world.   He paints a picture of what it can feel like to think you are all alone and how he found hope and inspiration when his brother’s friend took him under his wing and shared that he, as well, had OCD.   John has made it his mission to let others like him know that they are not alone. He created the JCK Foundation to spread knowledge and offer support to people with mental illness. The JCK Foundation offers programs that go into high schools and colleges to speak to students about mental illness and to offer them support and hope.   If you know of a school that would benefit from JCK Foundation’s program click here. To support the Foundation and enable them to get the word of hope out to more students click here to donate: www.jckfoundation.org   To watch John’s touching documentary about his friend John Kelly’s life battling OCD and his eventual passing click here: www.jckfoundation.org   *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   Order my new Social Skills Workbook for Kids 6-10: http://amzn.to/2GoXdy0   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
May 6, 2019
Selective Mutism can hide behind labels like “shy” and often gets missed by parents, educators and even therapists. I had the pleasure of talking to Patsy Butterworth, a State Coordinator for Selective Mutism.org and a mom to a child with Selective Mutism. Patsy has been a huge advocate for her son through his journey. She now supports other parents, connecting them to resources and spreading knowledge about Selective Mutism.  In my interview with Patsy, she helps us understand what Selective Mutism is and what it is not. She also talks about how to advocate for your child, get a proper diagnosis and how parents can help their child with Selective Mutism. To listen to our interview click below: Resources for Parents Raising Kids with Selective Mutism: https://www.selectivemutism.org/  Find a Treating Professional https://www.selectivemutism.org/find-help/find-a-treating-professional/ Find a state/international coordinator https://www.selectivemutism.org/find-help/find-a-state-coordinator/  Resources from the selective mutism and anxiety research and treatment center https://selectivemutismcenter.org/resources/ Support groups by state https://www.selectivemutism.org/find-help/smg-support-groups-by-state/  Here's a link to the Child Mind Institute's selective mustim page https://childmind.org/topics/disorders/selective-mutism/  Here's a video from Dr. Annie Simpson.  She condensed a lot of information and practical tools into a one hour video.  It's my favorite one to share with teachers and providers. https://www.anxietycanada.com/resources/video/selective-mutism-giving-kids-voice-dr-annie-simpson https://duluth.citymomsblog.com/mom/hear-me-roar-selective-mutism/ https://anxietycanada.com   Books on Selective Mutism: Selective Mutism Assessment Guide https://amzn.to/2DSj7Hc   Overcoming Selective Mutism: Parents Field Guide https://amzn.to/2Yc81Vb   Children’s Books: Lola’s Voice Disappeared https://amzn.to/2Ves9cj Lola’s Voice Disappeared Activity Book and Journal https://amzn.to/2JiuHyS   *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   Order my new Social Skills Workbook for Kids 6-10: http://amzn.to/2GoXdy0   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
April 29, 2019
She suffered silently. She suffered often. Her parents didn’t understand her pain. She didn’t understand her pain. So it often goes. Growing up with separation anxiety and Panic Disorder can be a disorienting, overwhelming and lonely experience. Amanda Stern, the author of Little Panic, shares not only her story, but the story of so many anxious children growing up in a world that swallows them up whole. I had the privilege of chatting with Amanda about her life growing up with separation anxiety and panic. She offered her insight into how parents can help their anxious kids, and pitfalls should be avoided. Every parent raising an anxious child should read her story and learn what anxiety feels like, from the inside out.   To learn more about Amanda Stern go to www.amandastern.com. To order Amanda's book, Little Panic go to https://amzn.to/2UP1uxk   *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   Order my new Social Skills Workbook for Kids 6-10: http://amzn.to/2GoXdy0   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
April 23, 2019
Hearing your child confess thoughts that do not make sense can be heartbreaking. Moral OCD is one of the most confusing OCD themes a parent, and for that matter, a child, can experience. Kids with Moral OCD are bombarded with thoughts. What if I am a bad person? What if I did something bad? What if I do something bad?   They can come at you with a barrage of questions that seem to never end.   Do you think it is bad if I… I had this thought that… What if I…   The need for reassurance and confessing is never ending.   In this week’s podcast episode I am going to dive into the counterintuitive approach that helps kids with Moral OCD.   *** To enroll in my new online mini-course, How to Teach Kids to Crush Moral OCD, go to http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/moral-ocd   Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   Order my new Social Skills Workbook for Kids 6-10: http://amzn.to/2GoXdy0   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
April 16, 2019
No one signs up for struggles. We all have our vision of what parenting will be. It usually does not involve a child with panic, fear and dread. It can be hard to pivot and alter your parental course. It can also be a challenge to pivot with a partner. Raising anxious kids is often counterintuitive. Many parents find they are not on the same page. Anxiety is rough on kids, but it can also be rough on marriages.   I invited Larry Hagner from The Dad Edge Podcast to offer a perspective I don’t often talk about. The perspective of dads. What is it like to be a father raising a child with struggles? How can partners align without pointing fingers and being hurtful?   Larry offers his insightful, humble perspective. He not only teaches us how to become better parents, he teaches us how to become better human beings. I thoroughly enjoyed my talk with him, and I know you will too. *** Learn more about Larry Hagner's awesome work at www.Thegooddadproject.com   Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   Order my new Social Skills Workbook for Kids 6-10: http://amzn.to/2GoXdy0   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
April 9, 2019
I didn’t know the level of my anxiety until I brought little people into my world. It seemed like my anxiety just couldn’t hide under the weight of parental stress. That happens to many of us. We strive to become a better parent and we begin to realize that it is actually our own anxiety that is holding us back.   In this week’s podcast episode I talk about how tackling our own anxiety, not only helps us – but it can help our kids as well.   *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   Pre-Order my new Social Skills Workbook for Kids 6-10: http://amzn.to/2GoXdy0   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
April 1, 2019
I love my empathetic, kindhearted and intuitive little girl. She is the sparkle in everyone’s life. That is until my pretty flower wilts at the slightest tone, stare or comment that has a hint of meanness behind it. My sensitive child crumbles when the world is mean around her. Let’s not even talk about when the rudeness is directed at her.   Many of us are raising a sensitive child. A sensitive child comes with many wonderful gifts. Gifts I wouldn’t change for the world. But they also come in a fragile package.   This week on the AT Parenting Survival Podcast, I am talking about how to take our fragile flowers and firm up their stem.  *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   Pre-Order my new Social Skills Workbook for Kids 6-10: http://amzn.to/2GoXdy0   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
March 26, 2019
“He just won’t talk to me!” I often hear. Or “I try to ask her questions, but she just gives me one-word responses.” So how do you get your kids to talk to you?   Often, we inadvertently shutdown communication with our kids without even knowing it.   One of the perks of being a child therapist is I get an inside view of what is going on. Many times, kids will tell me they want to open up to their parents, but they don’t like the reactions they get.   So, what are these reactions – and how can we stop giving them?   In this week’s podcast I highlight some of the reactions we often give our kids and talk about why it shuts down communication. I also talk about what to do instead.   So, if you have wanted your kids to talk to you, but you don’t know where to start – this episode is for you!   *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   Pre-Order my new Social Skills Workbook for Kids 6-10: http://amzn.to/2GoXdy0   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
March 18, 2019
Having a child with anxiety can be rough, but having a child with anxiety and ADHD can be complete parental overload!   Both anxiety and ADHD have their own challenges – and together they can be a force to be reckoned with.   That is why I have invited the knowledgeable and ever-helpful, Angela Pruess from the site Parents with Confidence: https://parentswithconfidence.com/. Angela and I are almost mirror images of each other. She is a mother to three kids, two of whom have some extra needs (like mine)! She is also a Licensed Family Therapist who gets it on a professional and personal level.   She offered some great insight and tips on how to parent kids who have both of ADHD/ADD and anxiety. *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   Pre-Order my new Social Skills Workbook for Kids 6-10: http://amzn.to/2GoXdy0   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
March 12, 2019
In my home I have become somewhat of a detective. When my kids are angry, impulsive, hostile or defiant – there is also some pretty big anxiety or OCD hiding underneath. I have learned how to decode my child’s difficult behaviors in order to get to the heart of the matter.   I have learned this the hard way.   I have bumped heads. Gotten into power struggles. Stooped to their level.   But I’ve realized time and time again – that approach not only makes me feel bad, it’s simply not effective.   That is why I love what Dayna from Lemon Lime Adventures and Calm the Chaos teaches!   In her framework she teaches how to go beyond the outward behaviors. She talks about how to figure out what your child is communicating. And how to connect, even during those ugliest moments.   Sign up for this free online workshop here: www.Bit.ly/Calmthechaos    She runs a free Calm the Chaos Workshop outlining some of the main points from her program. It is going on just this week. To catch it go here. She only does them a few times a year! I created a Facebook study group to go along with her workshop. Join us here and take part in some our challenges and prizes. https://www.facebook.com/groups/329106417649883/   Also, I invited her onto the podcast to have a chat about these behaviors and to offer us some tips on how to shift our mindset and bring calm to our homes. Wouldn’t that be nice!   *** Sign up for the Calm the Chaos Workshop here: www.Bit.ly/Calmthechaos   Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   Pre-Order my new Social Skills Workbook for Kids 6-10: http://amzn.to/2GoXdy0   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
March 3, 2019
It seems like where ever you look, there are new threats and warning about the dangers that lurk in the online world. This week you might be asking yourself, “what is Momo?!”   But in a new world where Youtube has replaced the TV and Snapchat, Instagram and Xbox live have replaced the phone – how are we meant to keep our kids safe?   I have invited my go-to expert on all things kid tech related, Dr. Adam Pletter, to help calm our nerves and give us practical tips and suggestions on where to go from here! *** To learn more about Dr. Adam Pletter and his great resources go to www.iparent101.com To check out his online classes go here (affil link): http://learn.adampletter.com?affcode=98273_llbbwgvw   Want more info on The Calm the Chaos FREE Workshop?  Go to www.bit.ly/Calmthechaos Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   Pre-Order my new Social Skills Workbook for Kids 6-10: http://amzn.to/2GoXdy0   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
February 26, 2019
I am not sure when we, collectively as a society, decided that parents aren’t allowed to have ugly feelings. You know the feelings I’m talking about.  The guilt. The annoyance. The middle of the night panic.   The darker one’s too….  When you have fleeting feelings of not liking your child. When you have days where you want to get in your car and not come back. As parents we all have feelings we don’t like to talk about, let alone admit.  In this week’s podcast episode, I am airing out those ugly thoughts. Bringing them to the surface. Letting you know, it’s okay and talking about what to do with them. *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   Pre-Order my new Social Skills Workbook for Kids 6-10: http://amzn.to/2GoXdy0   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
February 19, 2019
Believe it or not, the most common anxiety issue I deal with in my therapy practice is the fear of throwing up. The formal name, Emetophobia, quietly paralyzes so many of our kids. The fear of throwing up gets kids sucked into a vicious cycle. I worry I’m going to be sick… And the worry makes me feel sick.  So I worry some more.  How do you help your child get off this hamster wheel of torture? Surprisingly it is the opposite of what most parents think.  In this latest episode of The AT Parenting Survival Podcast I am sharing what to do and what not to do to help your child through Emetophobia. *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Do you want one-on-one coaching? Visit: https://atparentingcommunity.com/individual-coaching/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
February 12, 2019
It is not a coincidence that many kids with anxiety and OCD have sensory issues as well. Sensory struggles often go hand in hand with anxiety and OCD. Many of us have kids who can’t stand tags, have tantrums over socks and go running in the opposite direction to loud noises. Regardless of whether your child has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or is just sensitive, there are things we can do to help our children cope with sensory overload. I invited the knowledgeable Cameron Kleimo from SensoryMom.com to teach us how to understand our child’s sensory needs and what to do about it! Also, click here to learn more about the free Sensory Webinar happening this week. Visit Cameron's site www.SensoryMom.com Further reading: Article on vestibular processing Article on how to make a sensory bin  Sensory symptom checklist    Books: When Sophie Gets Angry Listen to My Body    *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
February 5, 2019
Even though anxiety and OCD often go hand in hand, OCD is often missed. So how can you tell the difference between anxiety and OCD? In this week’s episode I dive into the difference and why it is so important to figure out. *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
January 28, 2019
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. A big part of staying on top of any progress you have gained is learning how to play detective. When you are raising kids with anxiety or OCD you need to be proactive, not reactive. This doesn’t mean you have to live a life full of fear or worry. But it does mean you don’t want to bury your head in the sand. In this week’s podcast episode, I talk about what I mean by “playing detective” and what that would look like in your home.   *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
January 22, 2019
If you are parenting a child with anxiety or OCD you might feel alone, misunderstood and even possibly judged. Helping your child battle anxiety or OCD can be so hard on many fronts.   You might wonder:   How am I supposed to help them in their battle with anxiety or OCD? What can I do when they are panicky? How do I help them through it? You might also wonder:   Why don’t other people deal with this? Why can’t friends and family see their battle with anxiety or OCD the way I do? Why can’t the school help more?   No, I am not a mind reader. But, I live, eat and breathe anxiety and OCD too.   Not only am I a child therapist, but I am a parent too. I live in this world twenty-four hours a day,  seven days a week. It is my world at 3am when my child wakes up from, yet another nightmare. And it is my world when I am in my big girl clothes at my office helping other parents just like you.   I know what works and mostly likely what won’t work. I know how to create a lifestyle where anxiety and OCD are not in charge. I weave it into our daily routine without batting an eye.   We can’t control whether or not our kids have anxiety or OCD, but we can control what we want to do about it.   I want to help others like you, like myself. I have some ideas on how to do that. Listen to this week’s episode and I’ll tell you what I’ve been cooking up…    *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to join us! http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
January 14, 2019
Anxiety and OCD can bully their way into our children’s education. It can create anxiety when it comes to going to school, it can create anxiety at school and it can be a minefield of triggers for a child with OCD. So where do you even start advocating for your child. And how do you know when it is time to get a 504 plan for anxiety or OCD? That can be hard. Especially when many of our kids look on the outside like they are holding it all together? Anxiety and OCD can cause our kids to silently suffer, leaving teachers and school administrators clueless of the storm that is brewing underneath. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast episode I am talking to Kori from the site Kori at Home. She has had plenty of experience advocating for her children in the school system, and now she is making it part of her mission to share her wisdom with other parents. *** Check out Kori's site www.koriathome.com and her Parent Advocacy Course: https://koriathome.vipmembervault.com/af/6762/15 *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to get added to my waitlist and be the first to hear when it opens up: http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
January 8, 2019
You hear about these stories all the time. My son was fine until he woke up one day with OCD. Or – after an infection my child developed debilitating anxiety. There has been growing buzz around what may be causing anxiety or OCD. As desperate parents we want answers. Quick answers are even better. If is is a medical problem then we can fix it, right? Then maybe things can all go back to normal? Sadly I have watched two strong camps form. One, who talks in complex medical jargon and offers even more complicated concoctions of treatment and supplements. And the other camp? Parents and mental health professionals who see those medical issues as rare and those parents as alarmists. I don’t see this issue from either perspective. In fact, I think it does not behoove us to have camps at all. In the latest episode of The AT Parenting Survival Podcast I talk about my views on this ever-growing debate and talk about my own personal journey with my three kids.  *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to get added to my waitlist and be the first to hear when it opens up: http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
January 2, 2019
Many parents don’t understand Harm OCD. It goes unnoticed, undetected and misinterpreted. Harm OCD makes kids worry they might hurt someone else. They might get them sick. They might accidentally harm them. They might do something to cause a catastrophe. You might have a child who is afraid to touch their nose or their private parts in fear they will contaminate someone else.  You might see them washing their hands over and and over and assume that they are afraid of getting sick – when in reality they are afraid of getting other people sick.  Many kids with Moral OCD often have themes of Harm OCD. Today I am talking to the expert on Harm OCD, Jon Hershfield. He is the author of the newly released book Overcoming Harm OCD as well as When a Family Member has OCD and Everyday Mindfulness for OCD. *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to get added to my waitlist and be the first to hear when it opens up: http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
December 26, 2018
Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to get added to my waitlist and be the first to hear when it opens up: http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers   **
December 18, 2018
A house packed with friends and family. Music blaring. Relatives beckoning and begging for tight hugs. It can sound like a hallmark card for most people, but for anxious kids it can be a living nightmare. Seriously. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can help anxious kids survive the holidays with some proactive planning!   In this week’s episode of The AT Parenting Survival Podcast I am giving you all my ninja tips to help anxious kids survive the holidays. *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to get added to my waitlist and be the first to hear when it opens up: http://www.atparentingcommunity.com Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
December 10, 2018
Parenting kids with anxiety or OCD is hard, but the comments and stares can make it even harder.   Do you dodge and defend comments like…   Is he always like that? Why does she do that? Is she okay? He just needs some good ole’ fashion parenting. She’s got you wrapped around her finger.   Those type of comments can make your blood boil! It can also make you feel like you have to defend not only your parenting, but your child’s behavior.   I get it. Many of us get it. In this week’s episode of The AT Parenting Survival Podcast I’m talking all about how to handle those comments and get your parenting groove back – no matter what people say!
December 3, 2018
Many of us deal with kids who don’t know how to calm down. Kids who rage over the slightest issue or kids who get paralyzed with fear with any small change. You may not know how to build your child’s coping mechanisms. Many of us throw platitudes like, “calm down” or “you’re fine.” Unfortunately, most of the time that doesn’t cut it. Teaching kids coping skills can be hard, but it is such a crucial thing to teach.   In this episode of The AT Parenting Survival Podcast I talked to Janine Halloran, the queen of kids coping skills! She is the creator of Coping Skills for Kids, Coping Cue Cards and the author of the best-selling book, Coping Skills for Kids Workbook. She is dishing out what skills we can teach our kids and how we can teach it! If you want learn more from Janine visit her website Coping Skills for Kids at www.copingskillsforkids.com.  Coping Skills for Kids Workbook: https://amzn.to/2DYeXyc   Coping Cue Cards: Discovery Deck - https://amzn.to/2PjVdHz Relaxation Deck - https://amzn.to/2zE3roU   Coping Skills Online Classes: https://copingskillsforkids.teachable.com/?affcode=106350_4nxliarx   *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to get added to my waitlist and be the first to hear when it opens up: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com/community Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
November 26, 2018
When you are raising a child with anxiety or OCD life is more hectic and overwhelming. Your child is scared in the middle of the night. You stay up, listening about bad dreams. You make the therapy appointments. You read all the books. You wipe tears. You listen to fears. You quietly worry yourself. You are the caretaker. You are the rock to your child’s storm. But what about you? What do you do for yourself? Often taking care of ourselves is on the bottom of our to-do list. Okay, it probably isn’t even on that list! And yet – without recharging ourselves, we can’t fully be there for our children. In this episode of The AT Parenting Survival Podcast I talk to Hilary Rank all about why self-care is important and how it may not be what we think! To learn more about Hilary and her challenge visit www.HealthybyHilary.com *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to get added to my waitlist and be the first to hear when it opens up: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com/community Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
November 19, 2018
It’s that time of year again. Big family gatherings. Cue up the noise, the chaos, the triggers and the picky eating. Perhaps you might even get a side dish of insensitive comments or unsolicited judgement. Does your heart start to palpitate just at the thought? If so, you are not alone. I often get asked how to help anxious kids (and their parents) survive family gatherings. In fact, that is what prompted this episode! Kids with anxiety and OCD have a hard time at big gatherings for all sorts of reasons, some of which are pretty common. In this latest episode of The AT Parenting Survival Podcast I explore common struggles among kids with anxiety and OCD and what you can do to make it a pleasant time!   *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to get added to my waitlist and be the first to hear when it opens up: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com/community Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
November 13, 2018
You’ve read all the books. You’ve joined all the Facebook groups. You’ve started therapy. Now if your child would just get onboard with the whole process – they can really make progress with their issues. But they won’t. They refuse to talk about it. They refuse to fight it. They refuse any and all help. How are you supposed to help kids with OCD or anxiety if they don’t want to help themselves? That is the million-dollar question. Motivation is KEEEEY to success – did I use enough Es? Without it you have nothing. Trust me I know. I spend day in and day out with kids in my therapy practice and then I go home to three of them as well. I don’t move on until motivation is solid. So, what is a parent to do? I have some thoughts on that – and I share them on this week’s episode of The AT Parenting Survival Podcast. *** Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to get added to my waitlist and be the first to hear when it opens up: https://anxioustoddlers.lpages.co/at-parenting-community/ Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
November 6, 2018
Anxiety can rob our children of many things. It can rob their happiness. It can take away their ability to be carefree. And it can stifle their self-confidence. Luckily it is not all bad news. Parents can help boost their child’s self-esteem in some simple ways.   In this Podcast episode I talk about some of the best parenting approaches to improve your child’s self-esteem and self-worth.   ***   Interested in my AT Parenting Community Membership? Click below to get added to my waitlist and be the first to hear when it opens up: https://anxioustoddlers.lpages.co/wait-list-for-membership/   Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety     Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/   For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78   Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
October 30, 2018
If you have a child with any type of anxiety, you are more likely to have a child with anger problems as well. This makes sense. Anxiety is like a pressure cooker. Stress and worry build up over time and eventually it boils over. And when it does – it isn’t pretty. Many parents I work with ask, How do I help my child with anger problems? That is a great question. And it is one I spent a whole podcast episode talking about! *** Sign up for my weekly email newsletter: https://pages.convertkit.com/740ba8cd83/92109b7172   To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
October 22, 2018
It can be so hard to watch your child beat themselves up. To watch them set standards to high, no one would be able to achieve them. To berate, insult and demean themselves. How are you supposed to hep a child with perfectionism? Some kids are internally driven to strive for perfectionism. Perfectionism isn’t synonymous with go-getter. Perfectionism slows people down. Destroys self-esteem. Immobilizes productivity and success. It isn’t something you want sticking around. The good news is kids can be taught to change their perspective. Kids are a work in progress and the final results are yet to come. You can help your child alter the way they look at life, and themselves. In this week’s podcast episode I talk all about how to help your child with perfectionism and discuss how I work on helping my own child with it as well. *** To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
October 16, 2018
Having a child with Social Anxiety can be rough for the whole family. You might be dealing with a child who refuses to go to school. A child who spends much of their energy refusing to go places. A child who, if they could, would love to blend in with the wall. How are you supposed to help a child work through this? In my therapy practice I typically focus on three things first. I talk about what they are and how to focus on them at home in this latest podcast episode. *** To learn more about the Positive Parenting Bundle and my online Social Anxiety Class go here: http://anxioustoddlers.lpages.co/social-anxiety-class/
October 10, 2018
For OCD Awareness Week, I sat down with Chris Baier, the Producer of Unstuck: An OCD Kids Movie and asked him the most common questions I get from parenting raising kids with OCD. To learn more about his wonderful documentary visit: https://www.ocdkidsmovie.com/
October 8, 2018
In honor of OCD Awareness Week I am making this week’s podcast about the three most important things I want you to know about childhood OCD. Don’t forget to spread your own experience and knowledge about living with OCD this week. Share your story and use the hashtag #RealOCD. The more we share, the more we educate. To sign up for my free online mini-class The Misperceptions about OCD in Children visit https://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/understanding-childhood-ocd Moral OCD resources: Kids Youtube video to help them with Moral OCD thoughts: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/scrupulosity-ocd/ Podcast Episode 32: When Kids Have to Confess Bad Thoughts: Helping Scrupulosity OCD https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-032-scrupulosity-ocd/#.W7Jpz2hKh3g Harm OCD resources: Podcast Episode 67: Harm OCD: What it is and How to Help Kids Who Have It. https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/child-harm-ocd/ YouTube Video: Harm OCD in Kids: What it is and How to Help https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/harm-ocd For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
October 1, 2018
OCD Symptoms in kids is fairly misunderstood in general, but there are some symptoms that no one wants to talk about. These are symptoms that can be grossly misdiagnosed causing kids years if not decades of poor treatment and not an ounce of help. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast, I go over what these symptoms are and how to spot them in your kids. *** To learn about my online class Parenting Kids with OCD visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd Moral OCD resources: Kids Youtube video to help them with Moral OCD thoughts: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/scrupulosity-ocd/ Podcast Episode 32: When Kids Have to Confess Bad Thoughts: Helping Scrupulosity OCD https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/psp-032-scrupulosity-ocd/#.W7Jpz2hKh3g Harm OCD resources: Podcast Episode 67: Harm OCD: What it is and How to Help Kids Who Have It. https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/child-harm-ocd/ YouTube Video: Harm OCD in Kids: What it is and How to Help https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/harm-ocd For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
September 24, 2018
Your child is refusing to move. Your child is thrashing about. Your child has been screaming for over an hour. Welcome to the world of kids with anxiety or OCD. A world where kids have a hard time coping, self-regulating and “rolling with the punches.” This is my world and I know that for many of you – it is your world too. One of my favorite people to talk to about behavior is Dayna over at Lemon Lime adventures. Her upbeat, empowering perspective often gives me new insight into how to approach my own kids. This past week I have enjoyed diving into her Calm the Chaos Workshop and have implemented so many of the a-ha moments into my family. I have tried to look at my children’s behavior with new perspective. ** To learn more about Dayna's Calm the Chaos program text to 44222 HELPBEHAVIOR or visit: bit.ly/Calmthechaosprogram
September 18, 2018
When you have anxiety or OCD – one of the biggest struggles is battling your thoughts. Constant thoughts. Nagging thoughts. Crippling, scary, overwhelming thoughts. They never stop. Teaching kids how to use mindfulness to cope with this relentless barrage of worries can be incredibly helpful. Mindfulness can help anxiety and OCD in many ways. I’ve invited Jodi Aman, a psychotherapist, author and Youtuber to come on the show and have a chat with me about how to use Mindfulness with our kids. She offered some wonderful insight and tips on how to introduce the idea and how to use Mindfulness to help anxiety and OCD thoughts become less powerful. You can check out Jodi’s work by visiting her site https://jodiaman.com/ *** To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up): http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-social-anxiety   To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd   To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety   Ultimate list of helpful anxiety products: https://www.anxioustoddlers.com/reduce-child-anxiety/   For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com   To join my private Facebook group visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATparentinganxiouskids/ For AT Parenting Online Classes visit: http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com   For my anxiety books visit: https://www.amazon.com/Natasha-Daniels/e/B011K5IIWA   Join the fun on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Other social places I hang out: http://www.facebook.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.pinterest.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.twitter.com/anxioustoddlers http://www.instagram.com/anxioustoddlers
September 16, 2018
I just wanted to let you know about this awesome free workshop that is happening this week! Calm the Chaos Workshop is offering video lessons (that you can watch anytime this week) to help you learn how to deal with difficult behaviors. Click here to sign up - it's not too late. Lesson one is already out. Also - join my private Facebook study group I created just to talk about this workshop. Join me here.
August 26, 2018
To learn more about Kevin and his work visit nwanxiety.com and his youtube channel Fighting Fear with Kevin Ashworth at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC89PUEnhQk7UYdLJ2KHlY3g *** To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd How to Teach Kids to Crush Anxiety Class http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-anxiety For more parenting support visit: http://www.anxioustoddlerstoteens.com
August 14, 2018
Helping Kids Who have All or Nothing Thinking Do you have a child with all or nothing thinking? If you do, you know what a rollercoaster ride that can be! I am having the WORST day ever! Fast forward two hours. I am having the BEST day ever! It is enough to give anyone whiplash. Seriously. Many kids with anxiety and OCD have all or nothing thinking. They see things as black or white and there is no grey to be found. This can be exhausting on many levels. First, it is sad to se
August 7, 2018
Do you have a “saver” at your house? A child who finds treasures on street corners and everywhere in between? It is normal for kids to love to collect things like rocks, leaves and small toys - but when does it cross the line? When are you dealing with children hoarders? This week on the AT Parenting Survival Podcast we are dishing the dirt on how to tell the difference between developmentally appropriate behavior and hoarding behavior. I also talk about some concrete ways to help children
July 31, 2018
All too often kids with OCD feel like they are crazy, weird and alone. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact roughly 1 out of every 200 kids has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Luckily there is a movement to help educate the world on what OCD is and how to effectively treat it. As part of this goal, Kelly Anderson and Chris Baier created the documentary Unstuck: an OCD Kids Movie. Unstuck features a group of kids of all ages who have OCD. The kids walk us through their struggles wit
July 24, 2018
Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Ross Greene, the best-selling author of The Explosive Child. He is the originator of the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) Model. If you aren’t familiar with his work you can read all about it here. If you missed my interview with Ross Greene, you can listen to it here or watch it here www.youtube.com/c/anxioustoddlers78 Many people have asked me how his CPS model fits within the approaches of Exposure Response Prevention (
July 17, 2018
Do you ever wonder why your child keeps doing the same things no matter how much discipline you throw at him? Do you struggle with getting your partner to see that your child isn’t trying to be difficult? If these are some of your struggles you have to dive into Dr. Ross Greene’s work! Ross Greene is the author of best-selling book, The Explosive Child. He is also the originator of the Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) Model. I was honored recently to talk to Ross Gre
July 10, 2018
Raising an anxious child is hard. I mean really hard. I get it, I have three of them. I also get it because anxious kids and exhausted parents come into my office day after day. I hear the same stories over and over. I see the same struggles rearing its ugly head. You are not alone. *** To get my e-mail newsletter sign up here: http://madmimi.com/signups/188009/join To sign up for my online class on How to Crush Social Anxiety (for Adults & Kids 10 and Up):
July 5, 2018
Let me tell you a little bit about what has been going on this week. I have been definitely getting out of my comfort zone with not one, but two Facebook Lives! I am leaning into my fears and crushing my social anxiety. I have been doing a few mini-workshops to talk about anxious kids with sensory issues and how to help anxious kids self-regulate. If you missed them you can check them out here: http://www.anxioustoddlers.com/super-sensory-bundle This has been part of my sensory-the
July 3, 2018
Anxiety and sensory issues are like peanut butter and Jelly. They exist alone, but where you find one, you’ll often find the other. Unfortunately, anxiety can increase sensory issues and sensory issues can increase anxiety. This can feel like a never-ending vicious cycle. So how are you supposed to handle your child’s sensory struggles? What’s the best approach? What are the best resources? What are the best sensory toys? We spend most of our time talking about anxiety, but today it is al
June 26, 2018
The stress of school is finally over! No more homework battles, no more school refusal! Just pure relaxation. But summer isn’t always as easy as it seems for kids with anxiety and OCD. When a child is not busy with after school activities, projects and huge assignments, their mind is available for other things. And more often than not those “other things” aren’t pretty. New anxiety themes pop up. New compulsions surface. Old What Ifs take hold. When there are no distracti
June 19, 2018
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? Are you an introverted parent raising an extroverted kid? Join the cl
June 5, 2018
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. In this week’s AT Parenting Survival Podcast I am talking all about what issues cause AR
May 29, 2018
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. Parenting an anxious child takes a unique set of skills and a completely different parenting style. In this episode of The AT Parenting Survival Podcast I go over the 4 things only a parent raising an anxious child would get! *** To get my e-m
May 22, 2018
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. Being a parent with anxiety c
May 15, 2018
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 sto
May 8, 2018
“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? If some of these questions resonate with you – you might be wondering if your child’s therapy is doing anything at all?! But before you pull the plug on therapy, there are some things you sho
May 1, 2018
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? Nobody wants to have anxiety or OCD, but sometimes kids are embarrassed, overwhelmed or confused about these struggle
April 24, 2018
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. This week I invited Danielle Putrow, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with eighteen years of exper
April 17, 2018
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. When I had chi
April 10, 2018
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. “Wh
April 3, 2018
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 understo
March 31, 2018
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
March 20, 2018
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. I had the pleasure of discussing these issues with Dr. Kaylene Henderson, a Child Heal
March 13, 2018
So many of us jump right into helping our anxious kids. Their battle is our battle. Their struggle is our struggle. We tell them how to breathe. We tell them how to think. But often, we don’t pause to tell them what anxiety is and how it works. We don’t help them understand anxiety. We don’t decode it and break it down into bite size pieces. Maybe this is because as parents, we often don’t understand anxiety ourselves? Maybe we don’t want our children to think there is anything wrong
March 6, 2018
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. 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
February 27, 2018
[Post recording Beth Maloney contacted me to clarify that strep can sometimes be difficult to treat with Penicillin alone. For that reason, Amoxicillin and Augmentin are the preferred choices because they both combine Penicillin with clavulanic acid, thus producing a more robust response.] 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
February 13, 2018
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. Do you want to do ERP at home but you are at a loss at how to create appropriate exposures? Maybe this brainstorming episode will help. *** This podcast is sponsored by nOCD. An app designed to help people beat OCD. To download
February 12, 2018
This podcast is sponsored by nOCD. An app designed to help people beat OCD. To download the app for free visit: http://m.treatmyocd.com/anxioustoddlers To get my e-mail newsletter sign up here: http://madmimi.com/signups/188009/join To sign up for my online class: Parenting Kids with OCD http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/child-ocd To sign up for my online class: Teaching Kids to Crush Anxiety http://anxioustoddlers.teachable.com/p/crush-an
February 6, 2018
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 counter intuitive therapy that has some parents running in the opposite direction. But let me tell you why this wacky approach not only works, but is the gold standard for treatment. ***
January 30, 2018
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. Not sure how to do this with your child? Let me know you how… *** This podcast is sponsored by nOCD. An app designed to help people beat OCD. To download the app for free visit: http://m.treatmyocd.com/anxioustoddlers To get my e-
January 23, 2018
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. Many parents can say with certainty, “Yes, my child is afraid to go to school. Yes, my child is afraid to sleep. Yes,
January 16, 2018
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.
January 9, 2018
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
January 2, 2018
It seems like what comes naturally for most kids is a struggle for mine. Genetically my kids are pretty much doomed. Anxiety covers the family tree like heavy moss. There is really no avoiding it. The universe dutifully delivered me one anxious child after another. Three anxious kids later, I have resigned to the fact that fighting anxiety is part of my parental duty. I start battling anxiety the minute my kids leave the womb. It’s better that way. We talk about it. We name it. We conquer it
December 19, 2017
“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
December 12, 2017
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. If you are looking for a child OCD or anxiety therapist or aren’t sure you have the right one, let me break down the good, the bad and t
December 5, 2017
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. 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 b
November 28, 2017
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
November 21, 2017
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. Sadly though,
November 14, 2017
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… Resources and other articles on intrusive thoughts: Intrusivethought.org https://i
November 7, 2017
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
October 31, 2017
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
October 24, 2017
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
October 17, 2017
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. Unfortunately, it is hard to beat anxiety when you don’t know exactly what you are trying to beat. The thoughts be
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