Episode 92: How to Help Your Kids Cope with Anxiety—with Kelly Boprie

April 23, 2024

Rob & Joanna Teigen

This week on the podcast, we’re revisiting an excellent conversation originally shared in 2021. Anxiety remains a challenge for many children and families (including ours). While you’ll hear references to COVID-19 in this episode (as this was recorded in the height of shutdowns), the practical tips for anxiety are well worth revisiting so we can better support our kids in their challenges.

We don’t need the experts to tell us that anxiety is a very real and growing struggle for children today. It touches nearly every family we know, and moms and dads are feeling discouraged and helpless in the face of their kids’ emotions.

That’s why we’re thrilled to welcome an expert therapist and mom of two to the podcast today. Kelly Boprie provides therapy for kids who face struggles with anxiety and depression, trauma and eating disorders. In her practice, she guides children through the transformative work of overcoming difficult emotions and behavior. This episode provides a wealth of practical help for parents by teaching us:

  • How to recognize anxiety issues in your kids at all ages and stages
  • How to discern the difference between a temporary struggle and a mood disorder
  • The ways anxiety affects your kids’ ability to function and thrive
  • Simple stress-management skills you can teach your kids to move them from panic to peace
  • The importance of managing your own anxiety as parents
  • How to teach your kids to name and express their emotions
  • Knowing when and how to seek professional help for your child
  • The impact of faith on our fears

Download the How to Help Your Kids Cope with Anxiety Handout HERE!

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Our Takeaways:

1) Ask deeper questions to explore emotions. It’s important that we use our kids’ experiences as a springboard for conversation. Open-ended questions like “How did it make you feel?” or “What was that like for you?” can help you better understand those deeper worries or anxieties your child is carrying.

2) Look for thought loops and repeated “What if?” concerns. When a child is regularly worrying about what could happen in a specific scenario, or has a negative thought they can’t get out of their mind, that is likely a signal that they are experiencing a high level of anxiety. This is an indicator for us as parents to check-in with them, being supportive and curious, so we can identify what they need.

3) You don’t have to do this alone. You should never feel ashamed to seek help. Assistance from skilled professionals like counselors can help you find more effective strategies for helping your child. Asking for help is not weak—it’s courageous.

Meet Our Guest

Kelly Boprie

Kelly Boprie

Kelly Boprie, LMSW, CEDS, has served children, teens, and families through both residential and inpatient therapy to address a wide variety of mental health conditions. She provides counseling and therapy services at GR Therapy Group and holds certifications in treatment for eating disorders and premarital counseling. Kelly is a wife, mother, and active member of her church in West Michigan.

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