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Childhood Anxiety with Dr. Eli Lebowitz


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It’s a great thing to always have someone to rescue you, but to always need to be rescued is such a vulnerable way to live, such a limiting way to live. You don’t want your child to feel like they always need to be rescued.

This is episode 80 and today I’m here with Dr. Eli Lebowitz talking about Childhood Anxiety. 


Professor Lebowitz studies and treats childhood and adolescent anxiety at the Yale Child Study Center. His research focuses on the development, neurobiology, and treatment of anxiety and related disorders, with special emphasis on family dynamics and the role of parents in these problems. Dr. Lebowitz is the lead investigator on multiple funded research projects, and is the author of over one hundred research papers, books and chapters on childhood and adolescent anxiety. He is also the father of three great boys.


Accommodation: We explain what accommodations are and why they can be problematic.

Support: We walk through what offering support (acceptance + confidence) looks and sounds like.

Choose: We give recommendations for how to choose which accommodation to work on first.

Plan: We walk through the components of a good plan.

Tell: We discuss how to tell a child about this change.

Aggression: We go over responding to aggression that could show up.

Partner: We speak to what parents can do if they disagree on how to best respond to a child’s anxiety.

Help with Childhood Anxiety

If you are the parent of a great kid who struggles with anxiety, you are not alone. Of all the juicy topics we dive into in the Sage Family Village, I would say childhood anxiety is the most often and most deeply discussed. It’s something I’m quite passionate about supporting families with from both my professional background and personal experience because I have witnessed what a profound effect how you show up as a parent can make when anxiety is part of your family’s story. So whether you join the other gentle parents navigating this journey in the Sage Family Village or reach out for some one-on-one coaching or read Eli’s book, there is help. And this podcast episode is a wonderful place to start. I hope to see you here in the Village.

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