Building Confidence, Trust, and Hope: Three Things You Can Do to Help an Anxious Child

A parent course

What do parents need to truly help their children, not just today, but in the years to come too?

In our work with parents, all too often, they come to us when they feel stuck and unable to help their children. Whether their child is acting out, or acting in, they are concerned and want their children to be happy, to engage with them and with the world around them. Parents often see signs of stress and anxiousness that affect their child’s ability to sleep, get along with family members, engage in enjoyable activities, take on new challenges, and step confidently into social situations.

It’s hard to see, and yet often the way parents seek to help feels fruitless or even seems to make things worse. We know that children should not be allowed to endlessly sit in front of a tv or avoid any challenges, and yet, when we push them to go out, get work done, help out, socialize, it seems to increase stress and anxiety. We want to reduce their stress, but we recognize that avoiding sports practice, the messy room, the homework or the play outside is not helping. They need those experiences to feel competent and happy again.


This program gives parents the brain science, research and concrete tools to help their children cope in times of stress.

We’ve taken the best of our content specifically targeted at helping parents with children who are anxious and created a unique program with options for personal support, which we know is an important ingredient. The course includes 4 live sessions with practice and coaching.  There are opportunities for written feedback to individual unique  challenges.

This program is based on Mariposa’s scientifically validated method that’s been used by over 34,000 adults and impacted many more children. It’s also based on our years of teaching experience and learning with parents how to help them develop the skills necessary to address their immediate challenges AND set their child up for a life of healthy relationships and resilience

NOTE: This program is not intended to diagnose or treat clinical anxiety and does not in any way replace the guidance of medical professionals.


  • Parents and caregivers of children aged 2 to 11 years
  • An interest in expanding your efficacy as a parent
  • Believe that social-emotional learning has a role to play in your child’s development, and want support to find an approach that works for you
  • Tired of using punishment and rewards … looking for something more
  • Curious about what science has to say about what works and what doesn’t (and why)
  • May be dealing with a current struggle or challenge with your child, or may just want to have a deeper relationship with your child
  • Have access to a computer and wifi
  • Enjoy a blended approach to learning: some self study, some group interaction, with live facilitator support


  • Simple, step-by-step 4 module self-study course (with bonus module)
  • Four facilitator-led group learning sessions for practice and coaching
  • Group learning sessions are recorded and made available in the self study  

"It's not uncommon for our toddler to now say, 'Can we talk about it?'"


"I'm already seeing my 3yr old's confidence growing to express her needs and feelings, and I am better able to de-escalate and reconnect when things do go awry. Allowing myself (and my partner) grace to make mistakes and try again. "


"I found the class extremely helpful. It taught a framework that is easy to use and that actually helps. I feel more confident interacting with my children when they are experiencing big emotions. "


Course Details


The brain science of stress and anxiety, and how our responses flare or calm.


Learn specific strategies and language to lower stress so your child can think (and do.)


To build competence and confidence, children need to take action. How to help them do that one step at a time. 


Surprising research on how much positive reinforcement we need and the specific language you need to reinforce effectively. 


Why these small actions and words for small challenges build resilience for years to come. And your relationship is key. 

Preview a Lesson

Sign up to view short lesson designed to give you a concrete strategy you can do right now: Starting the School Day with Confidence

In this lesson you will learn about the significance of that early morning time you have as you take your child to school or get them ready, whether it's you or a caregiver. We’ll share one strategy to increase confidence and connection before you say goodbye.

Your Instructors

Our passionate instructors and staff provide expert facilitation and support.

Anne Townsend, Ph.D.

I’m a social-emotional scientist and for more than 2 decades I’ve been researching how children of all ages develop the social-emotional skills they need to be successful in school and in life. I founded Mariposa with a mission to change the lives of children through our proprietary method. Mariposa is an official partner with Loyola University where I have developed and taught a graduate level course on promoting social-emotional learning as well as an advanced course specifically focused on the role of stress and trauma in a child’s ability to learn, form relationships and behave appropriately.

Jenny Barrett, M.Ed.

As an early childhood educator for 30 years, a special educator, an administrator and parent, I have found this method the single most impactful in all of the training I have had. I was first able to bring this into a school community as an administrator. Seeing the culture that we have been able to create at one Baltimore city preschool, has been transformational. And through Mariposa,I am committed to bringing this approach to as many educators and parents as possible. Because I see the impact of it. And through facilitator training with The National SEED project, (Seeking Equity and Educational diversity,) I've seen the overlap and importance of this work , as well as how the Mariposa method supports culturally responsive teaching.