TAP 184 - Natasha Daniels on Anxiety in Children and Toddlers


This week I talk to Natasha Daniels, child therapist and mom to a three anxious kids. She is the author of How to Parent Your Anxious Toddler and Anxiety Sucks! A Teen Survival Guide. She is also a frequent contributor to Huffington Post, The Mighty and PsychCentral. We discuss everything from how to tell if your child has anxiety, to video games, to how to work with your anxious child.

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In this episode you will learn:

  • Who is Natasha Daniels? (3:03)
  • How Natasha started working with kids with anxiety (3:50)
  • How Natasha dealt with anxiety in her youth (4:45)
  • How is neuroplasicity different in children vs adults (6:22)
  • Anxiety sufferers, including kids, have more “sensory preceptors” (8:50)
  • Showing kids that there is purpose in the struggle (11:04)
  • You can’t give your child anxiety by being an anxious parent (14:22)
  • How can you tell if your child is anxious? (17:05)
  • Kids and video games (20:47)
  • Child that can’t handle time (24:01)
  • Childhood anxiety and medication (25:35)
  • How can parents help their anxious child? (29:15)
  • Children and technology (35:00)
  • Rituals, “quirks," and OCD in children (40:09)
  • What to do if you kid doesn’t want to go to school (43:15)
  • Children who are afraid of throwing up in class (44:55)
  • What is the goal as kids move towards adulthood (51:00)
  • An anxious child’s diet (53:00)


“I didn’t know it was a true issue until I hit college and had those initial panic attacks” (5:49)

“There is purpose in the struggle" (11:10)

“Kids are developing bumps and if we allow them to go over them - we can be a passenger in the car, but we can’t drive for them - they are going to know how to navigate better" (11:56)

“Anxious kids don’t particularly present with those anxiety signs” (17:19)

“Flexibility to let them be independent is a good thing” (34:04)