The Busy Parent’s Guide to Managing Anxiety in Children and Teens – Media & News

Book Description

Are you the busy parent of an anxious child or teen? “Do you wonder why your child or teen seems on edge, unduly nervous, or restless at times—maybe all the time? Are you uncertain if and when you should be worried? Are you so busy that sometimes you dismiss these thoughts but later reconsider them? You may be noticing that you have an anxious child or teen.” (excerpt from Introduction).

Do you know the signs of generalized anxiety, panic attacks, obsessional compulsive behavior or separation anxiety? In this book, vignettes of this wide range of anxiety states in children and teens are discussed along with how to help these kids master their anxiety the Parental Intelligence Way.  Parenting tips are elaborated in this quick read that offers powerful solutions. The audio is read by actor, Rich Hollman, son of the author, who was raised The Parental Intelligence Way.

About the Author  (click here for complete Biography)

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst with specialized clinical training in infant-parent, child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapy. She has been on the faculties of New York University and the Society for Psychoanalytic Study and Research, among others. She has written extensively on parenting for various publications, including the Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, The International Journal of Infant Observation, The Inner World of the Mother, Newsday’s Parents & Children Magazine, and Long Island Parent. She also wrote her popular column, PARENTAL INTELLIGENCE, at Moms Magazine and has been a parenting expert for numerous publications such as Good Housekeeping. She currently writes for Active Family Magazine (San Francisco) and blogs for Huffington Post and Thrive Global . Her new book is Unlocking Parental Intelligence: Finding Meaning in Your Child’s Behavior found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Familius and wherever books are sold.


Cassandra’s Place,  Mommie Blogger,August, 2018, Read.

BlogCritics, Book Review: The Busy Parent’s Guide to Managing Anxiety in Children and Teens: The Parental Intelligence Way by Laurie Hollman, Ph.D., August, 2018, Read

Lynn Seskin, Psy.D., Clinical and School Psychologist
“Dr. Hollman builds upon the impressive foundation she established in Unlocking Parental Intelligence: Finding Meaning in Your Child’s Behavior by focusing on challenges parents encounter with children’s specific types of anxiety. Dr.Hollman guides parents in utilizing her proactive and empathic stepwise approach to foster collaboration with their children in clarifying and managing their anxiety, while enhancing parents’ and children’s sense of self-efficacy, and fortifying family bonds that will likely endure for generations to come. An outstanding practical guide for all parents and professionals.”

Carl Bagnini, LCSW, BCD, Senior faculty, International Psychotherpy Institute, Washington DC and Long Island, NY
“Anxiety is both a ubiquitous and worrisome group of emotions that all children and adolescents and their parents need to negotiate throughout the lifespan. Dr. Hollman takes the reader through a series of experiences with low-grade to severe anxieties associated with child and adolescent development. Each type of anxiety is described, with illustrations of the grip anxiety can have in the short or long term, depending on how soon interventions are available to reduce its effects. The approach is masterful in that Dr. Hollman describes how parents can be thorough enough in locating the surrounding elements behind a state of anxiety while empathizing and accepting the symptoms. This combination of being a psychological detective and a supportive adult work well together. Often the past is converging with the present situation, and parents are advised to take stock of where they are in the situation. Were [the child’s] anxieties attended to in helpful ways, did the anxiousness last long, and is the parent over-identifying with the youngster? This means taking a step back so as not to saturate the child with one’s own anxieties. This book is about “mind” over “what’s the matter.” Understanding the relationship between child and parent [or parents] ensures a building from the outside in so that eventual problem solving comes from the building blocks in family ties. The book teaches parents how to work with several systems: the family environment, the ecology of the home [and] school community, and the other helpers. The wide range of more benign to severe anxiety conditions is described, with various remedies for parents to follow as needed. This book is a helpful guide, applicable to children and adolescents, and it can be taken off the shelf many times as children progress though their development.”

Jeremy Carpendale, Ph.D.Professor of Developmental Psychology, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6. Canada
“Dr. Laurie Hollman’s book on helping your child manage anxiety will be very helpful in responding to one of the challenges of being a parent. Her book provides parents with an insightful approach to their children’s difficulties through understanding their children’s actions as well as reflecting on their own reactions. She illustrates her approach with excellent examples of working out how to help children overcome their anxiety. This book has the potential to improve parent’s and their children’s lives.”

Ernest Kovacs, MD, FAPA, Diplomate, American Board Psychiatry and Neurology; Clinical Professor of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Supervisor in Family and Marital Therapy, Zucker Hillside Psychiatric Residence Program
“Dr. Hollman has developed a concept that gives parents a method to help themselves and their children to cope with the emotional challenges of childhood and adolescence. Using her method of ‘Parental Intelligence,’ parents are guided through the steps leading to the relief of anxiety and ultimately to a closer bond between parent and child. Using clear language and numerous examples, Dr. Hollman opens up the world of compassionate and empathic relationships to all of us. Dr. Hollman has transformed her many years of clinical experience and study into an immensely useful guide for parents and clinicians to help children and parents develop stronger familial relationships and relieve the stress and anxiety that may develop at different stages of childhood. Parenthetically, these methods work just as effectively for all relationships. This is a book that should be read by all parents and clinicians. Thank you, Dr. Hollman.”

Janet Wilde Astington, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Institute of Child Study, Dept. of Human Development and Applied Psychology, University of Toronto, Editor, Minds in the Making
“In her excellent book Unlocking Parental Intelligence: Finding Meaning in Your Child’s Behavior, Dr. Hollman encouraged parents to seek out the meaning of their child or teen’s misbehavior before trying to deal with it. She showed parents how to pause and reflect on their thoughts and feelings about the situation and how to think about their child’s possibly different thoughts and feelings and his or her developmental level. She explained how understanding the meaning of their child’s behavior enables parents to empathically resolve problem behaviors.

This new book is a superb follow-up that provides a short, practical guide for parents struggling to help their anxious child or teen. Dr. Hollman summarizes the Parental Intelligence principles and gives insightful real-world examples of the principles in action with anxious children. The book is a quick, easy read that offers real help for managing different kinds of anxiety in children and teens. Highly recommended!

Articles and Interviews

“Q & A with Laurie Hollman about The Guide to Managing Anxiety and Parental Intelligence,” Book Time, January 25, 2022 Read

Interview with Laurie Hollman “What is Consent and How to Talk About it with Kids,” by Christian Dashiel, Fatherly Newsletter, July 2, 2021 Read

Interview with Laurie Hollman “How to Deal with the Stress of Getting Back to Normal Post-COVID” by Christian Dashiel, Fatherly Newsletter, May 14, 2021, Read

Interview with Laurie Hollman: Author of ‘The Busy Parent’s Guide to Managing Anxiety in Children and Teens’, August, 2018, Read

“5 Powerfully Valuable Steps to Help Busy Parents Soothe Their Child’s Anxiety,” Funky Frugal Mommy,August, 2018, Read

“Parenting Pointers: Back to School Anxiety,” Motherhood Moment, August, 2018, Read

“7 Ways to Help Your Child’s Separation Anxiety When You’re Rushing Off to Work ” Working Mother, August 16, 2018, Read

“Interview with Laurie Hollman,  Author of ‘The Busy Parent’s Guide to Managing Anxiety in Children and Teens: The Parental Intelligence Way'” by Jennifer Woods, Medium, August 16, 2018, Read

“How to Cope with Back to School Anxiety at Any Age–from Kindergarten + Beyond,” Motherly, August, 2018, Read

“The Busy Parents Guides by Laurie Hollman Review” Cassandra M’s Place, August, 2018, Read

“Five Powerfully Valuable Steps to Help Parents Soothe Their Child’s Anxiety,” Yellow Beads and Me, August, 2018. Read

“Five Powerfully Valuable Steps to Help Parents Soothe Their Child’s Anxiety, ” Kids and Family, August 29, 2018, Read

Podasts, Radio and Youtube

“The Tom Bernard Show” Minneapolis, MN, August 15, 2018 Listen

“Episode 19: Laurie Hollman Reads from ‘The Busy Parent’s Guide to Managing Anxiety in Children and Teens: The Parental Intelligence Way,” Podbean. Com, August, 2018, Read Listen

“Interview  WOCA The Source with Larry Whitler, Host,” The Busy Parent’s Guide to Managing Anxiety in Children and Teens: The Parental Intelligence Way, August 30, 2018, Read Listen  Listen

“Health First Radio Show” CFIS Radio Prince George, BC Canada and 11 stations across Canada Listen  Read

“KTKK Radio” Salt Lake City, UT listen

“Positive Parenting” SanFrancisco, CAS, Nobody Knows Dads Like Mr Dad listen

“5 Powerfully Valuable Steps to Help Busy Parents Soothe Their Child’s Anxiety,” WSVA Late Afternoon with Mike Schikman, Madison Univ. Station, DC, Harrisburg and Charlottesville, VA, WV, MD. August 20, 2018  Listen

“5 Powerfully Valuable Steps to Help Busy Parents Soothe Their Child’s Anxiety” At Home Show with hosts, Sam Shakura and Cheryll Gillespie, Sept. 5, 2018, Corus Network across Canada, Listen,

“KAYT On Point” Host, Carlette Christmas, August 31, 2018  Listen and View

“5 Powerfully Valuable Steps to Help Busy Parents Soothe Their Child’s Anxiety” Dr. Maxine Thompson Show, Sept. 24, 2018, Listen 

“CFIS Health Radio Show 93.1 FM” Host Kathy Hart, BC Canada, October, 2018 listen 

“Moments with Marianne” iHeart Radio November, 2018, listen

“This Week in America” Host, Ric Bratton, November, 2018 Listen

“Mom Enough”Hosts, Mari and Erin Erikson,  May 6, 2019 Listen