Education and Family

Wholehearted Parenting

Bonnie Compton APRN, BC, CPNP

Wholehearted Parenting – Anxious Kids…Anxious Parents

Parents…do you have any “worriers” in your house? I’m not talking about an occasional worry about forgetting a homework assignment. I’m talking about daily worries, ones that persist. Some worries become so severe that they stop kids right in their tracks and keep them from enjoying and participating in everyday kid activities.

When I work with an anxious child, I usually ask them, ”so who worries most in your family?” Sometimes they say they do, but more often than not, they’ll tell me one of their parents is the biggest worrier. I worked with one little boy, who told me “I know I’m coming to see you because I worry, but you should really be seeing my Mom…because she’s the biggest worrier!”

I’ve seen and worked with many anxious kids, and what I’ve noticed is that the “apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree”. It’s not uncommon to see an anxious kid with an anxious parent.

Research has shown that the prognosis for a child being treated for anxiety is not as promising if they have a parent with anxiety. However, there is good news here! Both the child and parent can learn to face and manage their anxiety, when they are given the tools.

I recently came across a newly released book, one that I’m very excited to share with you…it’s a book about anxious kids and anxious parents.

I’ve invited the co-authors to join my conversation today. Their new book is entitled, “Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children. Dr. Reid Wilson, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He’s authored several books and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and A&E’s Hoarders.

Lynn Lyons is a psychotherapist, who specializes in the treatment of anxious children and their parents, with a special interest in interrupting the generational patterns of anxiety in families. In addition to her private practice Lynn presents internationally to professional organizations and school districts, offering workshops to mental health and medical providers, teachers, school nurses, and parents.

I hope you’ll join us!