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Nurturing Independence in Anxious Kids

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Nurturing Independence in Anxious Kids

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Nurturing Independence in Anxious Kids

Hi, I'm Sue Stevenson, and I'm here to talk about a topic that's close to the hearts of many parents dealing with kids who have anxiety and big feelings. My mission, through my Calm Parents and Kids Hub, is to help parents like you navigate these challenges.

Picture this: You're a parent dealing with a child who's overwhelmed by big feelings and, possibly, also has ADHD or ASD. You're eager to see your child happy, calm, and confident…. but you've hit a wall. Meltdowns, outbursts, and resistance have become part of your daily routine, and you're left feeling like you've tried everything.

Here's the thing: you're not alone in this journey. And there's a powerful message I want to share with you, a lesson that can be a game-changer for you and your child.

Have You Fallen into the Trap of Rescuing Your Child?

One of the main challenges parents face is the urge to rescue your child, to do everything for them. It's a natural instinct, isn't it? We want to protect, nurture, and support our children. However, there's a fine line between helping and hindering their path to independence.

The truth is, you're not your child's slave. You don't have to rescue them.

The Crucial Lesson

Now, you might be thinking, "But what about the meltdowns and the resistance? What if they get stressed?" You're right. It's essential to offer your support, lend a hand when necessary, and be there for your child. However, it doesn't mean you should do everything for them.

So, here's the lesson - as soon as your child can manage something on their own, give them the chance to do it. Let them take the reins. It's not about doing everything for them, but rather encouraging them to learn, grow, and gain the confidence that they can handle life's challenges.

Supporting Kids with Anxiety and Big Feelings

This lesson is particularly crucial for parents dealing with kids who have anxiety and big feelings. These children often face many challenges, and it's natural to want to protect them from stress and discomfort. By offering them the chance to learn and grow independently, you're also equipping them with essential life skills to cope with anxiety.

By nurturing their independence, you're not only building their courage and confidence but also giving them the tools to handle the very situations that used to trigger them.

How I Can Support You

Here's the takeaway - the journey to independence starts with small steps. Encourage your child to do things for themselves, and you'll be amazed at the growth you'll witness. You're not alone in this, and with the right support, both you and your child can find your way to a place of courage, calm confidence, and harmony.

This video provides additional insights and discussions on this topic. Watching it will further enhance your understanding. If you're ready to take action and explore how I can help, don't hesitate to reach out. Your journey towards happier, calmer, and more confident parenting is within reach.


The insights we've discussed today are at the core of my offering, the Calm Parents and Kids Hub. I'm not here to tell you that parenting is easy, but I am here to provide you with the resources to empower your child and yourself. By combining these insights with practical strategies, my goal is to help you navigate the challenges of parenting, by strengthening your own and your child’s skills, especially when anxiety is in the mix.


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Here's the thing: you're not alone in this journey. And there's a powerful message I want to share with you, a lesson that can be a game-changer for you and your child.

Have You Fallen into the Trap of Rescuing Your Child?

One of the main challenges parents face is the urge to rescue your child, to do everything for them. It's a natural instinct, isn't it? We want to protect, nurture, and support our children. However, there's a fine line between helping and hindering their path to independence.

The truth is, you're not your child's slave. You don't have to rescue them.

The Crucial Lesson

Now, you might be thinking, "But what about the meltdowns and the resistance? What if they get stressed?" You're right. It's essential to offer your support, lend a hand when necessary, and be there for your child. However, it doesn't mean you should do everything for them.

So, here's the lesson - as soon as your child can manage something on their own, give them the chance to do it. Let them take the reins. It's not about doing everything for them, but rather encouraging them to learn, grow, and gain the confidence that they can handle life's challenges.

Supporting Kids with Anxiety and Big Feelings

This lesson is particularly crucial for parents dealing with kids who have anxiety and big feelings. These children often face many challenges, and it's natural to want to protect them from stress and discomfort. By offering them the chance to learn and grow independently, you're also equipping them with essential life skills to cope with anxiety.

By nurturing their independence, you're not only building their courage and confidence but also giving them the tools to handle the very situations that used to trigger them.

How I Can Support You

Here's the takeaway - the journey to independence starts with small steps. Encourage your child to do things for themselves, and you'll be amazed at the growth you'll witness. You're not alone in this, and with the right support, both you and your child can find your way to a place of courage, calm confidence, and harmony.

This video provides additional insights and discussions on this topic. Watching it will further enhance your understanding. If you're ready to take action and explore how I can help, don't hesitate to reach out. Your journey towards happier, calmer, and more confident parenting is within reach.


The insights we've discussed today are at the core of my offering, the Calm Parents and Kids Hub. I'm not here to tell you that parenting is easy, but I am here to provide you with the resources to empower your child and yourself. By combining these insights with practical strategies, my goal is to help you navigate the challenges of parenting, by strengthening your own and your child’s skills, especially when anxiety is in the mix.


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