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Ways to Help Children with Anxiety

April 18, 2017

Picture of girl holding her head and frowning.Nobody wants to watch an anxious child suffer.  But to protect children from fear and anxiety is not good either.

  • The goal is NOT to eliminate anxiety, but to HELP manage it. Instead of removing triggers and fears, help them to manage and function through anxiety as best they can.
  • Respect feelings, but don’t empower them. Listen and be empathetic, then help with understanding, and encourage facing and managing the fear.
  • Don’t ask leading questions. Instead of “Are you worried about the science fair?” try “How do you feel about the science fair?”
  • Think things through with a child. Sometimes it helps to talk through what would happen if a child’s fear came true—how would s/he handle it? Having a plan can reduce anxiety.

Learn more: What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious

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