April 8, 2021
Anxious Kids? How Parents Can Help
About The Episode
Prolonged uncertainty can lead to anxiety in both children and adults, compounded by the layer of risk that has been added to our daily lives for over a year now. As communities begin to reopen, we are faced with additional stressors of getting reacquainted with the people and places that were off-limits for so long. For those with social or situational anxieties, sheltering-in-place may have brought comfort and control, and even the anticipation of re-entry can be debilitating. But these stressful times can also be a teaching moment, for us to validate our kids’ feelings and model healthy coping strategies. In this episode, we sat down with CHC’s Dr. Joan Baran and doctoral psychology intern Beth Moroney to find out how.
Joan Baran, PhD
Clinical Director at CHC
Beth Moroney, MA
Doctoral Psychology Intern at CHC
The share of Americans reporting symptoms of anxiety disorder, depressive disorder, or both roughly quadrupled from June 2019 to December 2020, according to a Census Bureau study released late last year. Anxiety can be sneaky, popping up in a variety of cognitive, behavioral and physical ways. Because it affects everyone, anxiety is an opportunity for us to share our own emotional experiences with (and model healthy coping strategies for) our kids. We actually need a good balance of anxiety in order to motivate us but not stop us in our tracks. In this podcast episode, CHC’s Joan Baran, PhD and Beth Moroney, MA share signs and symptoms to look out for, while teaching us how to be our children’s cheerleaders and reminding us to always put our own oxygen masks on first. Listen now!
Learn more about CHC’s Clinical Services
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Apps: Calm, Headspace, YouTube
Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook (downloadable resource included in the Parenting in a Pandemic materials)
Breaking Free of Child Anxiety and OCD: A Scientifically-Proven Program for Parents by Eli Lebowitz, Ph.D.