Parenting Your Teen Struggling with Anxiety

Parenting Pathway Podcast Volume 3.1 – Pastor Dave Carl leads a discussion about teen anxiety with a team of counselors from Watershed Initiative.


In our latest Parenting Pathway Podcast series, we are discussing parenting a child who suffers disabling anxiety. In part one, Family Ministry Pastor Dave Carl has a conversation with Jeri Marshall, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Erin Johnson, Licensed Processional Counselor Intern with Watershed Initiative.

We will look at how the changing environment around our kids with the influence of social media and gaming, and the pressure to be perfect leaves it’s footprint on our kids. We are seeing normal teenage anxiety morph, change, and grow. And as parents, this can be frightening. A normal nervous stomach ache now becomes a full panic attack. The temptation is to jump in and smooth the waters for our kids, but is that the right approach?

In this episode, we discuss what normal anxiety looks like in teens and when anxiety starts to be disabling.  We also talk about how we can parent through some of life’s daily challenges. And, Jeri and Erin offer real advice on how to dig into the pressures your child is facing and better understand when it might be time to seek additional help.

Raising kids in the modern world is a real parenting challenge, and we want to talk with you. Join us in listening to part one of this two-part series about parenting teens with anxiety.

You can read more about identifying anxiety in your teen by reading our earlier blog post from Erin,  Take the Anxiety out of Teen Anxiety.



The Watershed Initiative was created with one goal in mind: Making a Difference by Cultivating Change in Our Community. We are a collaboration of therapists from various areas of specialties that are unified in our faith in Christ and a compelling drive to make a difference in the lives of individuals, couples, families, and their communities. Watershed Initiative does this by focusing on two areas of need: Wellness and Healing. You can learn more about us on our website, Watershed Initiative