The Relationship Between Sugar and Childhood Anxiety

Could sugar be a major culprit when it comes to your child's anxiety? Sugar comes in various forms and is not always easy to identify when reading ingredient labels. Learn about the relationship between sugar consumption and anxiety, and what you can do to ensure that your child's diet is not contributing to their struggle with anxiety.

Child-Friendly Tea for Anxiety Relief

Do you enjoy drinking tea to calm your nerves after a long day? Consider sharing this ritual with your child and start by learning which herbal teas are safe for children. For a child with anxiety, specific herbal teas can calm the mind and body and provide a gentle transition into a hectic day, or help them unwind and promote a restful night of sleep.

Common Early Childhood Fears

Does your young son or daughter frantically cry when they see a dog or ask you to repeatedly look under the bed for monsters? If so, you are not alone. Learn about some of the most common early childhood fears and what you can do to help prevent them from turning into full fledged phobias.

Recognizing Depression in Teenagers

Has your anxious child suddenly grown into a withdrawn and isolated teenager? If so, you might want to check out this resource that outlines the symptoms, that might signal depression, to watch out for in a teenager. Examples include a sudden drop in school performance and changes in a child's social circle.

Talking to Children About Tragic Events

Unsure of how to speak with your children about the shooting that occurred last week? You are not alone. It is very difficult to find the words to express to children, especially children with anxiety, exactly what happened and why when it comes to tragic events. Hopefully one of these resources will offer an approach that works for your family.

How a Parent’s Stress Level Affects Their Child

A calm home can provide measurable benefits when it comes to a child's grown and development. A parent's stress and anxiety level (beginning during pregnancy), and how the parent handles said stress, affects a child very deeply. Over-scheduling a child, and parents taking on unnecessary responsibilities, can often do more harm than good and contribute to anxiety in children.

Dental Filling Ingredients May Increase Childhood Anxiety and Depression

A certain kind of dental filling may put your child at an increased risk of developing childhood anxiety and depression. A study funded by NIH monitored, for five years, the psychosocial well-being of children receiving various dental fillings. Children who received plastic composite fillings, containing BPA, were more likely to demonstrate psychological problems.

Supportive Mothers Enhance Brain Development

In a new study, MRI scans reveal that children are able to cope better with stress, and therefore are less likely to develop a childhood anxiety disorder, if they have been raised by mothers who offer reassurance and support (versus punishment or dismissal of feelings) during times of frustration. The study followed 92 children through their early childhood years.

Calming Bedtime Routines for Children With Anxiety

Is "bedtime" a word that invokes feelings of anxiety for everyone in your house? If your child has a difficult time winding down after a long day, you might consider changing the way that you approach bedtime. After a few simple changes you might find that you and your child really look forward to what used to be the hardest time of the day.

Minimizing Back-to-School Anxiety

Is your child feeling anxious about the upcoming school year? With summer more than half-way over, many children are experiencing school anxiety when they think about returning to a structured social environment. Read all about back-to-school anxiety and how you can help your child reduce the stress and anxiety that they are feeling.