What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious

Child Mind Institute’s What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious
1. The goal isn’t to eliminate anxiety, but to help a child manage it
2. Don’t avoid things just because they make a child anxious
3. Express positive- but realistic- expectations
4. Respect their feelings, but don’t empower them
5. Don’t ask leading questions
6. Don’t reinforce the child’s fears

Learn more below!

What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious




Talk. They Hear You.

From SAMHSA‘s Talk. They Hear You. Campaign, “Did you know that June is National Men’s Health Month? Not only that, but June 14-20 is Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day is on June 20, 2021! Show the young men in your community that you care about their health by encouraging parents and caregivers to talk with their kids about underage drinking and other drug use this month.

Check out resources from SAMHSA to help parents and caregivers get informed, be prepared, and take action by having conversations with their children about the risks of underage drinking and other substance use.”

Medication Misuse: What You Need to Know to Help Protect Children, Teens and Young Adults

You just received a prescription for your teenager. We encourage you to ask questions of your doctor. That’s how you can become fully aware of the risks of these medications and minimize the chances that your child will misuse them.
Learn more from about what you need to know to help protect children, teens and young adults from the Partnership to End Addiction below!
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Free Parenting Webinar: 6/22 at 12 Noon

Free Parenting Webinar from STEPS Proactive Parenting: Sign Up Below! Proven and practical resources to help parents protect their kids against substance abuse. Program topics include:

– Preparation for the teenage years
– Awareness of the issues parents face
– Connection to exciting new resources
– Education on preventing addiction
– Steps to take to make a difference

Dr. John Duffy: Navigating the New Age of Parenting

Dr. John Duffy, author of “Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety” shares insight into raising happy, healthy, stress-free teens. During this virtual community forum, he discusses COVID-19 & supporting teens. Listen to the audio below!



Listeners Ask: Teens & Drinking and Anxiety vs. Intuition

Listen to this podcast episode from Lynn Lyons, Psychotherapist, Anxiety and Children​ that answers two listeners questions:

A mom discovers her 15 year old has been thinking of drinking to manage her stress. What are the conversations parents should be having with their teens around stress, substance abuse and peer pressure?

And another mom raised by an anxious parent is trying to break the cycle with her daughters. She asks Lynn how to know when the voices inside her head are generational patterns of worry repeating or intuitive warnings. How does anxiety filter the decisions we make and the information we receive?

Listen here!