Article Summary By Michael Estlack, Director of Connectivity
We all experience anxiety and more and more we are seeing it in our children. It can be painful for a parent to sit there and watch their child suffer without any clear advice for them. Whether the kid is stressing over fitting in or doing well in school, it’s no wonder they live a life full of stressors.
According to QuickandDirtyTips.com, there are five things a parent or guardian can do to help their little one:
1. Help them make a game plan to activate when they face troubles. It also gives them the confidence that you trust them with adult-like decisions.
2. Teach them to talk back to their worries. Even personifying it as a person or creature that they can communicate with. This can also be accomplished with positive affirmation notes that they carry around. One example being: “You are bigger then your worries.”
3. Teach them the physical characteristics of anxiety and remind them that they will dissipate with some work. When they start to feel dizzy during a spelling bee, remind them this is just a sign of worry and it will go away. They should not fear these feelings for they are normal.
4. Break them from their rituals. If they are participating in a ritual to deal with their worries, like tapping a pencil seven times, this might be the time that they find another way to deal with the stress.
5. Hear them out. Too often we are concerned with giving direction and advice. Let your child take the lead for once. Of course, things must get done like homework, but taking the pressure away from how you speak to them can greatly help.
Do you have a child challenged with anxiety and worry? Let our experts at SHAW Center for Healing guide you to help your child develop new coping strategies.
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