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Parenting Great Kids Podcast - Episode 224

Ensuring Your Child’s Mental Health in the New Age of Anxiety

with guest Erica Komisar

Hosted by Dr. Meg Meeker | January 15, 2024 | 40:22 min.

Children are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety. Erica Komisar, a psychoanalyst and author, discusses the critical role of parental well-being in promoting children’s mental health. Erica emphasizes the profound impact of early attachment and the importance of parents being emotionally present during the crucial first three years of a child’s life. Her expertise and insights underscore the need for parents to prioritize their own emotional well-being in order to support their children effectively. If you’re looking to raise resilient and mentally healthy kids in today’s digital age, then this is a must-listen.

Today's Guest(s)

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Erica Komisar

Erica Komisar LCSW is a clinical social worker, psychoanalyst, and parent guidance expert who has been in private practice in New York City for over 30 years. A graduate of Georgetown and Columbia Universities and The New York Freudian Society, Ms. Komisar is a psychological consultant bringing parenting workshops to clinics, schools, corporations, and childcare settings. She is a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Daily News. She is also a Contributing Editor to The Institute for Family Studies and appears regularly on Fox and Friends and Fox 5 News. Erica is the author of Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters and Chicken Little the Sky Isn’t Falling: Raising Resilient Adolescents in the New Age of Anxiety.


Unlike how we grew up, our kids are under immense pressure and face new challenges we’ve never experienced before. To help our kids navigate today’s demanding and overwhelming world, we as parents need to prioritize our own well being. Children’s mental health directly correlates with parental emotional well being, so now is the time to proactively address unresolved conflicts you may have or past traumas in order to prevent passing on emotional baggage to your kids.  A mentally healthy parent greatly influences a child’s emotional development. The payoff is resilient, emotionally healthy kids who are better equipped to handle life’s twists and turns.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • The Power of Attachment: Rooted in the undeniable fact, healthy attachment lays the groundwork for essential feelings of safety and trust that are crucial for your child’s mental health.
  • The Influence of Technology: The lure of overstimulating technology and its addictive nature can often outrun children’s and adolescents’ emotional regulation capabilities, leading to potential emotional breakdowns. Discover how to limit the harmful exposure and effects to set your kids up for success.
  • Healthy Boundaries: By establishing healthy boundaries you not only safeguard your children’s mental health but also model self-care, fostering a family environment that promotes resilience, stability, and emotional health.



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