How to Build Psychological Strength Through Parenting

How to Build Psychological Strength Through Parenting

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Hey parents out there, this week’s episode is one you want to pay attention to as we discuss psychological strength through parenting. We are joined by clinical psychologist, Dr. Karen Cassiday, and she is here to shed some light on the pitfalls of parenting, and how to ease the anxiety associated with it. 

We have discussed the importance of developing mental strength just as you would with physical exercise for your physical health. But when it comes to child development, parenting style, and factoring in other family members and life events, mental toughness can become confusing.

During a challenging time with your child, have you ever questioned yourself and wondered whether you were doing the right thing? Have you wondered whether it is better to engage with your child in this moment or ignore them? Have you thought that maybe you’re causing psychological problems or distress when your child is crying or screaming at the top of their lungs?

Handling an upset child can feel uncomfortable, but being able to problem solve as a mentally strong parent helps your kid’s mental strength as well. This week we have a guest that focuses on anxiety disorders and building mental strength to help you feel good about parenting. When there’s a child involved or another parent, it becomes about more than operating outside of your comfort zone or deploying cognitive-behavioral actionable steps.

This week’s episode is for you. This week, we’re speaking with Dr. Karen Cassiday. An expert in her field, and a guest that we know is going to bring you confidence in tough parenting situations, Dr. Cassiday will equip you with the knowledge necessary to step into your role as parent, and help your children handle daily life that can sometimes be so stressful.

Dr. Cassiday received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1990 from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She has conducted extensive research on anxiety and is widely published. She is nationally recognized as an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in children, teens and adults.

She is the Past President of the prestigious Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and served on the board of Beyond OCD Chicago.  She is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and one of only 3 certified Cognitive Therapy Consultants in the state of Illinois. Dr. Cassiday also serves on the faculty of the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation Behavior Therapy Institute, and at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  

Dr. Cassiday has appeared as an expert consultant on Animal Hoarders on TNT and on NBC’s Today Show.  She is a sought-after national speaker on television, radio and at professional training seminars. Her expertise has been tapped through commentary in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and numerous other publications.

Dr. Cassiday is the expert in her field, so listen to this week’s episode to better exercise mental muscle and glean a better understanding of anxiety, no matter who it affects in your family. You will walk away having learned what having mental strength involves, to help you and your kids build happier, healthier lives. 

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