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Don’t Let Anxiety Rule - Let Your Child Reclaim Their Power!

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Don’t Let Anxiety Rule - Let Your Child Reclaim Their Power!

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Don’t Let Anxiety Rule - Let Your Child Reclaim Their Power!

As parents, it's natural to want to protect our children from anything that causes them distress or pain. When our kids struggle with anxiety, our instinct is often to soothe them and try to make the anxious feelings go away. However, what if I told you that this approach can actually reinforce anxiety long-term?

As parents, it's natural to want to protect our children from anything that causes them distress or pain. When our kids struggle with anxiety, our instinct is often to soothe them and try to make the anxious feelings go away. However, what if I told you that this approach can actually reinforce anxiety long-term?

Anxiety isn't something your child needs
to be stuck with for life

The truth is, anxiety isn't something your child needs to be stuck with for life. It's simply an "untrained brain" that has gotten into unhelpful habits of listening to the primitive, danger-alarm part called the amygdala. The amygdala is wired to protect us from threats, but it can't distinguish between real or perceived life-or-death situation and a harmless source of anxiety like giving a presentation or attending a social event.

​Just like a puppy that barks at every noise or a smoke alarm that can't tell the difference between burnt toast and an actual fire, the amygdala simply does its job of sounding the alarm anytime it perceives potential danger. The problem arises when we listen to the amygdala's alarm without logic or reasoning to conclude there is no real threat.

Your child has the power to master their own Brain

The more we buy into the amygdala's fear narrative and avoid situations that make us anxious, the stronger and more unruly the anxiety becomes - like feeding a misbehaving puppy and allowing it to keep barking incessantly. We reinforce the neural pathways that create those anxious thoughts and feelings.

But here's the empowering truth: You have the power to be the master of your brain, not the other way around. You can train your amygdala, and your child's amygdala, to respond more rationally. Imagining the amygdala as a puppy that needs training can be a helpful visualization.

Become your own cheerleader

When the amygdala barks and sounds the anxiety alarm, you can self-talk with helpful statements like "My amygdala is confused right now, but I am actually safe.” This is your opportunity to become your own cheerleader instead of overreacting and talking negatively to yourself. Cheering yourself on and powering through anxious situations is key.


Anxiety doesn't need to rule your life or your child’s. You have the power to reshape your brain's automatic reactions.

With patience, courage and the right mindshifts, you can train the amygdala "puppy" to behave better. An "anxious disposition" does not have to become an anxiety disorder. Both you and your child can reclaim the power from primitive brain pathways, so it no longer rules your child.

You’ve got this!

​- Sue 🤗

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Don’t Let Anxiety Rule - Let Your Child Reclaim Their Power!

As parents, it's natural to want to protect our children from anything that causes them distress or pain. When our kids struggle with anxiety, our instinct is often to soothe them and try to make the anxious feelings go away. However, what if I told you that this approach can actually reinforce anxiety long-term?

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Your Anxious Child Doesn't Need Therapy

Having experienced anxiety personally as a child and parent, along with raising two anxious kids, working in the school system, and my own business supporting hundreds of anxious kids and their parents, I’ve seen and experienced what works and what doesn’t.

As parents, it's natural to want to protect our children from anything that causes them distress or pain. When our kids struggle with anxiety, our instinct is often to soothe them and try to make the anxious feelings go away. However, what if I told you that this approach can actually reinforce anxiety long-term?

Anxiety isn't something your child needs
to be stuck with for life

The truth is, anxiety isn't something your child needs to be stuck with for life. It's simply an "untrained brain" that has gotten into unhelpful habits of listening to the primitive, danger-alarm part called the amygdala. The amygdala is wired to protect us from threats, but it can't distinguish between real or perceived life-or-death situation and a harmless source of anxiety like giving a presentation or attending a social event.

​Just like a puppy that barks at every noise or a smoke alarm that can't tell the difference between burnt toast and an actual fire, the amygdala simply does its job of sounding the alarm anytime it perceives potential danger. The problem arises when we listen to the amygdala's alarm without logic or reasoning to conclude there is no real threat.

Your child has the power to master their own Brain

The more we buy into the amygdala's fear narrative and avoid situations that make us anxious, the stronger and more unruly the anxiety becomes - like feeding a misbehaving puppy and allowing it to keep barking incessantly. We reinforce the neural pathways that create those anxious thoughts and feelings.

But here's the empowering truth: You have the power to be the master of your brain, not the other way around. You can train your amygdala, and your child's amygdala, to respond more rationally. Imagining the amygdala as a puppy that needs training can be a helpful visualization.

Become your own cheerleader

When the amygdala barks and sounds the anxiety alarm, you can self-talk with helpful statements like "My amygdala is confused right now, but I am actually safe.” This is your opportunity to become your own cheerleader instead of overreacting and talking negatively to yourself. Cheering yourself on and powering through anxious situations is key.


Anxiety doesn't need to rule your life or your child’s. You have the power to reshape your brain's automatic reactions.

With patience, courage and the right mindshifts, you can train the amygdala "puppy" to behave better. An "anxious disposition" does not have to become an anxiety disorder. Both you and your child can reclaim the power from primitive brain pathways, so it no longer rules your child.

You’ve got this!

​- Sue 🤗

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