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Anxiety and OCD want to rule the show. They want to be in control. They wants to make all the first moves. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can teach your kids how to take the power back. How to not only react to anxiety or OCD, but how to purposely poke back.

The post Teach Kids How to Take the Power Back from Anxiety or OCD appeared first on AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages.

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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.

The post PSP 124: How Your Childhood Influences How You Parent an Anxious Child appeared first on AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages.

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I often hear, “I can’t do that exposure, OCD is keeping me safe!” Unfortunately when a child believes OCD is keeping them safe, it makes it almost impossible for them to agree to exposures.

The post What to Do When Your Child Thinks OCD is Keeping Them Safe appeared first on AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages.

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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.

The post PSP 123: Developing Good Incentives to Get Kids to Work on Anxiety or OCD appeared first on AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages.

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Ahhh. You finally have a nice break. Your child is curled up on the couch with little to no plans of ever moving. And frankly, you feel the same way. It might have been a tough school year of stress, anxiety and challenges. But ironically, there is no better time than the summer to work on anxiety or OCD.

The post Helping Your Kids See How Summer is the Time to Work on Anxiety or OCD appeared first on AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages.

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Summer is here and most kids are ecstatic. But kids with anxiety or OCD can feel some dread. Dread over the downtime. Dread over the slow pace that invites anxiety or OCD to take center stage.

The post How to Help Kids Handle Downtime with Anxiety or OCD appeared first on AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages.

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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?

The post PSP 121: Handling Oppositional Behavior in a Child with OCD or Anxiety appeared first on AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages.

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“Why on earth did I think that?!” – that is at the heart of many OCD Intrusive thoughts. The fear of the thought itself. Having disturbing thoughts is….disturbing. But what is even more upsetting is that you had the thought at all.

The post Helping My Child Understand OCD Intrusive Thoughts appeared first on AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages.

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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.

The post PSP 120: When Your Child with Anxiety or OCD Needs to Control the House appeared first on AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages.

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Your child is stuck. They are on a permanent loop that will not end. They have to do it again and again and again. Time passes but they cannot move on. Your child is not trying to make it perfect. They are not trying to do their best. They are just waiting until it feels “just right.” Welcome to the world of Just Right OCD.

The post How to Help Kids with Just Right OCD appeared first on AT: Parenting Survival for All Ages.

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