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Episode 48: Why Are Kids Anxious and What to Do About It with Natasha Daniels

Brief summary of show:

Anxiety seems to be something we hear about more than ever for both adults and kids.

Why are we seeing such a high rate of anxiety right now? There are obvious reasons, of course, like the many uncertainties we face every day, but life is full of uncertainty today.

This week, we’re focusing on dealing with and understanding anxiety with my guest Natasha Daniels. We're going to talk about anxiety in kids – all the way from toddlers up through teenagers.

Natasha is a child anxiety & OCD therapist, and mom to three kids with anxiety & OCD. She is the author of Anxiety Sucks: A Teen Survival Guide, How to Parent Your Anxious Toddler, Social Skills Activities for Kids and It’s Brave to Be Kind.

Her work has been featured in various places including Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, PsychCentral, The Child Mind Institute and The Mighty.

Listen in as we talk about:

  • [3:10] Why our kids are anxious

  • [9:40] What is social anxiety?

  • [12:15] Advice for parents helping their kids through anxiety right now

  • [17:20] How to help our kids build positive thoughts about themselves

  • [20:25] How social media, food and sleep play into our kids’ anxiety

  • [23:15] How to know when your kids need external help, like a therapist or medication

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