Is Your Child Anxious, or Just Bratty?

Is Your Child Anxious, or Just Bratty?

Anxious or bratty kids?

Back in September, I contributed to an article entitled "Is Your Child Anxious Or Just Bratty? Experts Explain How to Tell," found on Romper, exploring the differences underpinning these two behaviors. What contributes to your child's anxiety vs. what contributes to them acting "bratty?" 

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Is It Everyday Worrying, Or An Anxiety Disorder?

Is It Everyday Worrying, Or An Anxiety Disorder?

Everyone experiences anxiety sometimes. It's a normal, healthy response to stressors.

If you are able to function well, participate in activities, and live your life without anxiety getting in the way, you are living with a "normal" level of anxiety. Of course, clinicians and therapists may be more aware of the small signs of anxiety because we're trained to recognize early cues. And even if anxiety isn't getting in the way of your life or your functioning, but it still feels present more days than not, you should consider reaching out to a counselor or therapist about anxiety management strategies.

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Teaching Gratitude to Children and Teens

Teaching Gratitude to Children and Teens

Does your teen have a hard time saying "thank you?" Do you ever wonder if your child appreciates anything that you do? Curious to hear more about building gratitude skills? Well, you've come to the right place! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, this week's blog is focused on helping your child or teen build up their own gratitude skills.

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Helping Your Teenager Become More Independent

Helping Your Teenager Become More Independent

You don't want your teenager home and in their room every night, but you also want to be sure that they're still checking in with you and getting your support when needed. You don't want to chauffeur your teen to every meeting, friend hangout, or movie, and at the same time you want to be sure they're not out late every night or missing out on homework.

So how do you find this balance? Focus on the skills building.

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Realistic Expectations For Your Young Child

Realistic Expectations For Your Young Child

I work closely with parents of kids as young as 4, and I often have parents ask me if their expectations are too high. Should I expect my 5 year old to help with chores? Should my four year old know not to do that? Each child is different, and you will end up shaping your expectations around your children as they grow and develop. But below are a few unrealistic expectations for children that I've seen or heard in my practice:

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