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Parenting with Anxiety

Parenting with Anxiety

Parenting with anxiety means you’re never quite parenting alone. Nope, there’s always that thread or undercurrent of fear or worry that accompanies us anxious folks that we try to battle or subdue in order to parent without fear. And when I say parent without fear, I mean “parent without the fear of everything and anything thanks to anxiety making you a bad parent,” not parenting without fear, period, because what parent doesn’t get a little afraid sometimes? Read more

How to Avoid Passing Anxiety on to Your Kids

How to Avoid Passing Anxiety on to Your Kids

On a recent afternoon, JD Bailey was trying to get her two young daughters to their dance class. A work assignment delayed her attempts to leave the house, and when Bailey was finally ready to go, she realized that her girls still didn’t have their dance clothes on. She began to feel overwhelmed and frustrated, and in the car ride on the way to the class, she shouted at her daughters for not being ready on time. “Suddenly I was like, ‘What am I doing?'” she recalls. “‘This isn’t their fault. This is me.’ ”

Bailey has dealt with anxiety for as long as she can remember, but it has become more acute since the birth of her second daughter, when she began to experience postpartum depression. She knows that her anxiety occasionally causes her to lash out at her daughters when she doesn’t really mean to, and she can see that it affects them. “You see it in your kids’ face,” Bailey says. “Not that they’re scared, but just the negativity: ‘Oh my God, my mommy’s upset.’ You’re their rock. They don’t want to see you upset.” Read more

Handling Your Child’s Fears

5 Tips to Handling Your Child’s Fears

Anxiety

It can be easy to assume that anxiety, stress and fear are only adult emotional issues, however the truth is that children as young as toddlers can experience these feelings too. In many circumstances they are healthy and normal such as when you leave them with a new baby-sitter or they go off to their first day of Kindergarten. But in other cases, such as a preoccupation with feelings that you might abandon them forever, or if you notice your child is worrying about bigger issues such as money or family problems, it’s time to ease their fears. Read more