April 18, 2017
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.
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