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Welcome back to another exciting episode of Real Talk with Rachel Awtrey, where we bring you insightful conversations with experts and thought leaders on topics that matter to families. Today, we have a very special guest, Sissy Goff, a counselor at Daystar Counseling Ministries, who dedicates her life to helping families and children navigate the challenges of anxiety and worry. In this episode, Sissy shares her wealth of knowledge on calming strategies for children, explores why anxiety can be contagious, and offers valuable advice on becoming worry-free parents.

Meet Our Guest: Sissy Goff

Sissy Goff is a renowned counselor with over twenty-five years of experience in child and family counseling. She’s a licensed professional counselor, author, and sought-after speaker who has made it her mission to support families in their journey towards emotional well-being. As a part of Daystar Counseling Ministries, Sissy is passionate about helping children and parents thrive, even in the face of anxiety and worry. And her NEW BOOK, The Worry-Free Parent: Living in Confidence So Your Kids Can Too is OUT NOW!

Calming Strategies for Children

One of the key topics we delve into in this episode is the importance of calming strategies for children. Sissy Goff emphasizes that teaching children how to manage their emotions and anxiety from a young age is essential for their overall well-being. She provides practical insights into helping children cope with anxiety and stress, such as deep breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques, and the importance of creating a safe and nurturing environment at home.

Sissy also discusses the role of creativity and play in helping children express and process their emotions. Her insights on these calming strategies can be invaluable for parents and caregivers looking to support their children in managing anxiety.

Why Anxiety is Contagious

An intriguing aspect of our conversation with Sissy is her explanation of why anxiety can be contagious within families. She highlights how children often pick up on their parents’ or caregivers’ emotions and behaviors. This means that if parents are anxious or constantly worrying, their children are likely to absorb these feelings and behaviors, potentially leading to increased anxiety in the younger generation.

Sissy offers guidance on breaking this cycle and fostering an emotionally healthy home environment. She shares tips on how parents can model healthy emotional responses and cultivate an atmosphere of trust and open communication within the family.

Becoming Worry-Free Parents

Our conversation with Sissy wouldn’t be complete without addressing the topic of how parents can become worry-free themselves. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy for parents to become overwhelmed by their own anxieties and concerns. Sissy offers valuable advice on self-care, setting boundaries, and seeking support when needed. She emphasizes that when parents prioritize their own well-being, they are better equipped to support their children effectively.

We hope you found this conversation as inspiring and informative as we did. Be sure to tune in to the full episode to hear Sissy’s wisdom firsthand and discover practical strategies for promoting emotional well-being in your family. Remember, you’re not alone in your journey, and with the right support and resources, you can help your children thrive in an anxiety-free environment.



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