The Anxiety-Free Child Program

You can help your child overcome their anxiety, worries, and fears.

By finishing your child’s battle with anxiety, their whole life can move quickly in a much more positive direction and change for the better. In the next few minutes, you’re going to learn how you can help your child feel more confident, secure in their own body and mind, and most of all, happy again by discovering how they can shatter the anxiety, nerves, and fear that may be holding them back.

Untreated anxiety can devastate the life of your child.

I’m a parent too, and I know there’s nothing worse than to see your child suffering from anxiety and feeling powerless to help them. Anxiety can rob your child of the life they deserve and were meant to have – one filled with joy, laughter, and fun. Left untreated, your child’s anxiety can lead to problems for them at school, with friends, with their self-esteem, and with their health. Said simply, it can steal their childhood.

Without help, children with anxiety often endure severe social problems, have poor school performance, physical illnesses, or depression. Their anxiety can continue to grow to the point where they seem to be constantly worried or fearful – not having fun like children should be having. Children who struggle with anxiety are much more prone to becoming anxious adults that may struggle their whole lives with fear. As a matter of fact, research has shown that up to 90% of adults with anxiety disorders battled anxiety as a child. Problem anxiety can also predispose your child to other mental health problems and dangerous behaviors such as cutting, drug and alcohol abuse, or even suicide.

The good news is that your child doesn’t have to suffer needlessly with anxiety any longer…

Does your child have a problem with anxiety?

Take a look at some common symptoms your child may be experiencing if they’re having a problem with their anxiety:

  • Unexplained physical symptoms such as headaches and stomachaches.
  • Being nervous, jittery, and hypersensitive.
  • Decreased school performance or a lack of concentration.
  • Avoidance of social activities or not wanting to spend as much time with friends.
  • Tics, nervous habits, or compulsive behavior such as nail-biting or hair pulling.
  • Dangerous behaviors such as cutting or drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Excessive moodiness or outbursts of anger.
  • Persistent worry that seems unjustified for the situation.
  • Sleep changes or activity level changes.
  • School avoidance or refusal.
  • Being unusually or overly self-critical.
  • A high need for reassurance.
  • Outbursts of anger or oppositional behavior, even though you know in your heart they’re a good kid, they just have all this anxious energy coming out all wrong.

If you find yourself recognizing some of the symptoms above, you owe it yourself and your child to keep reading to find out what gets your child anxious and keeps them that way…

What caused your child’s anxiety?

Maybe there’s a reason for your child’s anxiety that you can clearly identify like an illness or death in the family, divorce, arrival of a new sibling, or a move, but often, there’s NOTHING for you to point a finger at and you’re left wondering why they’re struggling with anxiety!

Is it genetics? Does their DNA doom them to the life of anxiety and fear?

Is it the way someone in their life handles anxiety and what they may have accidentally taught your child about handling their emotions?

Is it the lifestyle your family leads? The world seems to move so fast lately because everyone has so much piled on their plate, and don’t even get me started on the economy…

Difficulties with anxiety in children are VERY common, research has shown that as many as one in ten children experience an anxiety disorder. The important thing for you to remember is that no matter the reason for your child’s anxiety, it’s NOT YOUR FAULT.

Genetics may play a role and predispose certain children to problems with anxiety, and maybe looking back there are things you would have done differently (just like all parents, myself included). But the problem your child is having with their anxiety is NOT a reflection on you or your parenting, and most importantly, it doesn’t have to be permanent. You CAN do something about it. YOU have the power and ability to help your child change their life.

Let’s look closer at what anxiety is and how it “tricks” your child…

Your child isn’t strange, sick, or weird. Their anxiety isn’t a disease; it’s more of what I call a “mental misunderstanding”.

We all have a self-preservation mechanism built into us called the “fight or flight” response. It’s been there for thousands and thousands of years and it did a wonderful job of keeping the human race safe instead of being eaten by saber-toothed tigers! Whenever it senses a threat, it very quickly prepares your body to do one of two things…fight off the threat, or run away from it.

It accomplishes this by rapidly pumping your body full of stress chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol, so you’re as alert, focused, and strong as possible. It makes sweat pour off you, makes your heart thump in your chest, and makes it almost impossible to think about anything else except the immediate threat at hand. It happens to you, it happens to me, and it happens to your child. It’s been with us since we lived in caves, and it’s not going away anytime soon.

You’ve probably even experienced this reaction firsthand. Have you ever just narrowly avoided a car accident? Remember how one second you were driving along and then the next second you reacted instantly to avoid the crash? Your world seemed to slow down, and you didn’t THINK, you just REACTED. Even when you realized you were safe, your heart was pounding, sweat was dripping off you, and you felt like you had enough energy to run a marathon. Maybe your legs were shaking from so much adrenaline that you had to sit and wait for a moment until you felt ok to drive again.

Your fight or flight reaction was a great thing to have that day, right? It did a fantastic job protecting you, just like it’s supposed to…

Your child’s brain is simply making a mistake…

When it’s appropriate, the fight or flight reaction is great, but it’s not so wonderful when anxiety mistakenly triggers the reaction, and that’s what your child may be experiencing. It’s not that the reaction itself is wrong, it’s that the timing is horrible!

Let me give you an example…

Your child is on the way to school and thinks, if only for a split second, what I call a “what if” thought. “What if I make a mistake”, or “What if I get embarrassed”, or “What if I’m not good or capable enough or something bad happens to me”.

Whatever the thought is, it causes a little bit of anxiety, just a small trickle of the fight or flight reaction. Maybe their heart beats a bit faster, their thoughts race, or they get a tad lightheaded.

They notice those physical sensations, and it scares them, even though they may have not even noticed the original thought that caused the reaction, to begin with.

Now they start to pay a great deal of attention to their body, watching it closely for more evidence that something is wrong. The physical sensations of fear make your child feel like something MUST be wrong, so their body releases even MORE anxiety-producing chemicals, which scares them MORE, and the cycle continues.

They feel their bodies going through the instinctual fight or flight response, and they look around, scanning their environment trying to find what the “threat” is – what they need to fight or run from. They can’t find an external threat, so their focus turns internally and they begin to think that THE THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS are the threat, and their anxiety gets worse and panic can even set in. They feel an almost irresistible urge to avoid the situation, and their emotions overwhelm them.

The anxiety your child is experiencing is “tricking” them into thinking their feelings and emotions are dangerous and need to be avoided! Your child can feel like they’re stuck…

It doesn’t end there, the trick gets even worse…

Now the next time they go to school (or away from home or parents, or whatever the fear is), they may remember how they felt the last time and how terrible and frightening it was, and they worry that they’ll feel that way again, so of course, they do! They begin to associate whatever it is that they fear those awful feelings of anxiety, and create what is known as “neural pathways” in the brain. Every time they experience anxiety, they reinforce their fear reaction and it grows stronger…

Neural pathways are sort of like “express lanes” in your brain. They make repetitive tasks easier by allowing your mind to take shortcuts and not have to make decisions every time it experiences a common situation. It’s really how you learn almost any repetitive task or behavior, and the more often you react in a similar way, the faster and more ingrained the neural pathway becomes until the reaction is automatic and occurs without conscious thought.

Maybe it seems hard to believe that this is how your child’s fear and anxiety were formed but isn’t this how you teach them to tie their shoes? Early on, they had to really concentrate and pay attention to what they were doing with the laces and it was awkward…looping the rabbit ears and going down the hole, remember?

In the beginning, they made a lot of mistakes, but the more they practiced and repeated the steps, the neural pathways for the task multiplied and became stronger. Eventually, they learned to tie their shoes without a second thought, just like you do. Think about it, do you THINK about how to tie your shoes? Do you still need the little rhyme about the rabbit going around the tree and down the hole? Of course not, you don’t need to think about it anymore, long ago you created strong enough neural pathways so you don’t need to think anymore, you just DO IT without any conscious thought at all, it’s automatic. Your brain doesn’t need to stop and think about what to do, it simply looks back at the neural pathways it already has and follows the same path you created decades ago.

This is how you and your child learned to do many things that are now automatic, like riding a bike, walking, or driving a car. You repeated the behavior until the neural pathways were strong enough to take over. Just like the fight or flight reaction, this is a good thing in the right circumstances, but not so great when the behavior we’re repeating and learning is WRONG.

The trick anxiety plays is so powerful it can invade your child’s life incredibly quickly and be very persistent, even when the fear makes no logical sense!

To make matters worse, neural pathways for things like anxiety and fear can be created far more rapidly than most other things because there’s such a strong emotional reaction attached to them.

Going back to the example, it may have taken you quite a long time to learn to tie your shoes. If you did it wrong, the consequences weren’t that big of a deal, so the neural pathways were created relatively slowly, maybe it took you 100 attempts or more before it started to become automatic. But how many times did you have to touch a hot stove before THAT response was imprinted in your memory? Once? Twice? Probably no more than that. Why?

Because just like the fight or flight reaction, your mind pays very close attention to things it considered particularly meaningful, such as threats. When you touch a hot stove, it hurts, and your brain sure doesn’t want THAT experience again, so it creates a massive amount of neural pathways right from the start. It doesn’t wait for you to burn yourself fifty times before it “learns”. This is why if you accidentally touch even a cold stove now, you instinctively pull your hand away without thinking – as if it were hot. It no longer matters what the reality is, your brain relies on the neural pathways it formed incredibly quickly after you burnt yourself on the stove many years ago.

Anything that carries with it a significant emotional response can get learned quickly. Going back to caveman days, we didn’t want to get bit by a snake a dozen times before learning to stop trying to pet them, right? We needed to learn QUICK. In the same way, when your child does something or goes someplace that at one time caused a memorable fear or anxious reaction, they react the same way the next time they go because they accidentally LEARNED that there’s a perceived danger there! Their response was frightening enough that in a very short amount of time, the anxious response became automatic, deeply ingrained in their mind, and now occurs without them even thinking about it. To them, it seems to happen instantly and comes out of nowhere, and in many ways, they’re right…

This is why I believe so many therapies for anxiety are ineffective, but here’s what you can do instead…

Now you know that the way to overcoming your child’s anxiety is to first stop the cycle of anxiety from occurring and then to change the old limiting neural pathways of anxiety, worry, and fear, and replace them with new habits of confidence and calm.

The problem is that all of this occurs on a very deep, primitive, and emotional level, and is why I believe so many programs and therapies for anxiety fail. They attempt to correct an emotional, automatic, and instinctual problem on a logical level…how could that work?

Traditional talk therapy often attempts to “explain” to your child why they don’t need to be anxious. Let me ask you, do you think your child is CHOOSING to be afraid? Do you think you just need someone to TELL THEM they’ll be fine and to stop worrying? Haven’t you already done that? Did it help? I didn’t think so.

Like you learned, once it starts, your child’s fear is virtually out of their control. Logical explanations and talking it over won’t stop their anxiety any more than they can talk themselves out of a headache.

Medications and pills can be helpful in controlling the SYMPTOMS of your child’s anxiety, but they often don’t do ANYTHING to address the underlying CAUSE of the problem, so when they stop the medication, the anxiety can return as powerful as ever and they feel even more hopeless. Not to mention the dangerous side effects and risks associated with medicating your child…

Your child needs to learn to stop their anxiety BEFORE it starts and develop a NEW WAY of responding – permanently.

Who am I and why should you listen to anything I have to say?

My name is Rich Presta, and for many years I used to suffer from extreme and debilitating anxiety. It began when I was a child, and since it was never treated effectively, it stayed with me well into adulthood.

My days as a child were filled with worry, fear, anxiety, and an overwhelming feeling that I was different…like I didn’t quite measure up to the rest of the kids at school. It was hard for me to make and keep friends, I was always a bit awkward and uncomfortable, and I just seemed to have so much more to worry about than the other kids around me. I saw them always smiling and laughing, they seemed so fearless and happy, and I wanted to be like them more than anything in the world, but I didn’t know how to.

My anxiety followed me as I grew up and caused severe problems in virtually all areas of my life. It prevented me from having relationships, effected my school and job performance, and that feeling of being different and “broken” just never went away. I still looked at everyone around me and wanted so badly to just be normal and at peace in my own mind…

I wish I could tell you that when I look back at my childhood I have good memories of carefree days filled with fun, but I don’t. To be honest, I’m glad my days as a child are over, but what I desperately want is for your child to be different – to NOT have the same story as me. I want them to laugh and smile and live passionately, free from the anxiety that’s holding them back and costing them their childhood.

I eventually overcame my anxiety, but it took way too long and by the time I did the “best years” of my life were long gone. I made it my life’s mission to share all that I learned about how to overcome anxiety, worry, and fear so no one has to suffer needlessly as I did for so many years. My programs have been used successfully for many years by individuals all around the world and have been seen in Psychology Today and Natural Health magazines, as well as on Discovery Health Channel, MSNBC, CNN, and more.

They are some of the most recommended and widely used programs available for changing lives and conquering anxiety, and I decided I wanted to take what I knew from both my own experience as a formerly anxious child and as an internationally known authority in overcoming fear and assemble the ultimate resource for ending your child’s struggle with anxiety available anywhere. I worked with Dr. Cheryl Lane, a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, to develop the award-winning Anxiety-Free Child Program:

I worked with Dr. Cheryl Lane, a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, to develop an award-winning, easy to follow, step-by-step program designed to help free your child from their anxiety faster and easier than you may have ever thought possible…

I developed a step-by-step program in conjunction with a Doctor of Clinical Psychology that I believe can help you shatter the very core of your child’s fear, so it never has to hold them back again. It’s not about teaching them to simply “cope” with their anxiety…that never made ANY sense to me. I don’t want your child to COPE with their fear, I want it GONE.

It’s not about taking addictive or dangerous medications that may only mask the symptoms of the REAL problem.

It’s not about New Age nonsense, hypnosis, affirmations, or other hocus-pocus that often does NOTHING to help your child overcome their anxiety. I hate to break it to you, but the universe isn’t going to sprinkle fairy dust on your child if they think pretty thoughts. Instead, I’m going to show you how I believe you can go to the source of your child’s fear response and CHANGE IT.

Here’s how I believe your child can defeat their anxiety and reclaim their life…

Check it here for more detail

When I developed the Anxiety-Free Child Program, there were several critical things I knew I had to be sure were accomplished…

First, and most importantly, the program needed to be specialized and designed from the ground up exclusively for use with children, and not just another program geared toward adults. Now that doesn’t mean there won’t be anything required from you, of course, you’re going to play a crucial role in your child’s recovery and it will take effort on your part too. What it does mean is that this program was developed from the very first day to be easy to use for both parents and children, with simple language and techniques that can start bringing your child closer to anxiety-free from the VERY FIRST DAY.

Second, the program needed to not just show you WHAT to do, but HOW to do it. The Anxiety-Free Child Program isn’t filled with statistics and psychological lingo that doesn’t do anything to stop anxiety and only confuses most people. I developed the program to help your child lead a better life, not to impress other authors with meaningless jargon and buzzwords. When you begin using the program with your child, I’m confident that within just a few days you and your child can start to see how they can affect their feelings, emotions, and reactions by stopping excessive worry and obsessive irrational thought patterns that perpetuate anxiety. They’ll discover how they can learn to slow down their body and mind and choose reactions that are much healthier and positive, and the best part is, they’ll be learning skills that can last a lifetime.

Lastly, I knew that a program designed to be used with your child had to strive to work FAST. Children simply don’t have the patience of adults, and they need to see results quickly or else they may start to rapidly lose faith. I felt that waiting even a few weeks to see improvement, which for an adult would usually be considered fantastic, just wouldn’t be good enough. So here’s what I did…

I recognized that your child had to start to feel better and more confident as soon as possible, and not wait weeks or even months like they often do with an expensive traditional therapist who may turn out to not be helpful at all! The program is built on what I call a “spiral of success”, which aims to help your child experience small successes early in the program, and then progressively continues to build on those accomplishments until they have positive “momentum”. They can see and feel their world getting better and better on a consistent basis, and they’ll get excited about working through the program with you as their skyrocketing self-esteem provides the fuel to help push them courageously through the fears that used to hold them back.

The Anxiety-Free Child Program doesn’t stop with only helping your child…

I also made sure that you’ll be getting multiple perspectives and insights on treating child anxiety from who I consider some of the most notable and widely recognized professionals in the country who work with children. In the Anxiety-Free Masterminds audio series, you’ll hear from therapists, psychologists, and best selling authors discuss everything from symptoms in your child to watch for to groundbreaking research being done for anxiety utilizing functional brain imaging. You’ll have over two hours of audio during which we’ll look into multiple facets of anxiety and how it can affect your child, all for less than you would pay for a single session with even ONE of these experts (if you could even secure an appointment)!

The Anxiety-Free Child Program is comprehensive and includes tools specifically designed to help your child free themselves from anxiety and replace it with feelings of confidence, security, and comfort.

The Child Anxiety Relaxation and Imagery System (C.A.R.I.S.) was developed exclusively for use with the Anxiety-Free Child Program, and can be an invaluable tool to help reinforce what your child will be learning throughout the program by giving them the opportunity to “practice without pressure” the skills they’ll be learning with you through the program. You can ONLY get the acclaimed C.A.R.I.S. Audio as part of the complete Anxiety-Free Child Program, it’s not available ANYWHERE else!

Here’s what you can expect when you start the program with your child…

I want to be crystal clear on something. This isn’t a program that you GIVE your child, it’s something that you’re going to DO WITH them. It will require involvement on your part, and through the process of helping your child, you may find your relationship with them benefiting in ways you never imagined possible.

The tools such as the C.A.R.I.S. Audio were developed for your child to use and easily understand, but much of the program was written for and to YOU so you can help your child. I’ll take you by the hand and explain what your child is experiencing and what you may need to do in your own life and well as theirs to begin the process of recovery. Every section of the program will end with a series of questions and exercises to do with your child, so you know exactly what steps to take and precisely when to take them, so all you need to do is follow the steps to success. Whether your child is five or fifteen, you’ll have a roadmap to positive change in your hands, and you can find your life and the life of your family changing for the better alongside your child.

Take a look at just a small sample of what you and your child can learn in the program:

  • The super-simple four-step technique that my experience has shown can bring even intense anxiety and even panic to a grinding halt.
  • How your child can quickly clear their head of all the negative, anxious chatter they’re experiencing and get their confidence back.
  • The role genetics plays in anxiety, and why it really doesn’t matter.
  • Why I’m confident that just a few minutes a day can dramatically change how your child responds to anxiety and stress – for good.
  • How to teach your child that the fear they feel is really NO BIG DEAL. When they learn how to stop focusing on it, they’ll take their first step toward getting rid of it.
  • What I think you need to know about other disorders that may be affecting your children such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Night Terrors, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Depression, and more.
  • The five patterns of thinking that anxious children often have that need to be avoided at all costs to break the cycle of anxiety, fear, and worry.
  • What you can learn about your child by watching them playthings they may NEVER tell you.
  • How anxiety affects your child’s self-image and esteem, and how they can go from anxious and worried about unstoppable.
  • Why one of the most important things you can do for your child is to take time to care for and nurture YOURSELF.
  • What you’re probably doing now that may actually be making your child’s anxiety WORSE.
  • How I believe your child can seize quick control of their anxiety, so they know that even if they do get a little anxious, they can turn it off, just like turning off a faucet on a sink.
  • Your child will learn EXACTLY what I believe can help them put a stop to their anxiety attacks, worries, and fears – and keep them gone. No magic, no New Age potions, no hypnosis or other “miracle cures” that we both know DON’T WORK.

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How do you help a child with anxiety?

I’m a parent too, and I know there’s nothing worse than to see your child suffering from anxiety and feeling powerless to help them. Anxiety can rob your child of the life they deserve and were meant to have – one filled with joy, laughter, and fun. Left untreated, your child’s anxiety can lead to problems for them at school, with friends, with their self-esteem, and with their health. Said simply, it can steal their childhood.

What is child anxiety?

It’s normal for children to feel worried or anxious from time to time, such as when they’re starting school or nursery, or moving to a new area. Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear – it’s an understandable reaction in children to change or a stressful event.

How can I help my anxious child sleep?

Allow your child to self-regulate his or her bedtime: Your job as a parent is to put your children to bed– not to make them go to sleep. Keep wake-up time consistent with an alarm clock. If a child can’t sleep, allow him or her to read in bed. Keep the room lights dim or off.

What is sleep anxiety?

Stress or anxiety can cause a serious night without sleep, as do a variety of other problems. Insomnia is the clinical term for people who have trouble falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, waking too early in the morning, or waking up feeling unrefreshed.


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