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.

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.

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.