As a parent, seeing your child deal with anxiety can be baffling and upsetting. What can you do?
The great news is, kids are particularly responsive to anxiety treatment. As professional caretakers of children, we deal with anxiety in children a lot and take it very seriously. As a parent, there are things you can do. We are going to take the next few blogs to share some simple things you can do to greatly reduce your child’s anxiety.
- Don’t dismiss it
- When you see your child in distress, soothing is an immediate reaction. However, stay away from phrases like “There isn’t anything to worry about” and “Everything will be fine.” Statements like this can make your child feel like something is wrong with him or her because they cannot get rid of their anxiety.
- Your child needs to hear that you understand. He or she also needs the chance to explain what the anxiety feels like. This is the perfect way to take the edge off the anxiety and create an opening for resolution.
- Make it clear that anxiety is normal
- Children don’t need to be anxious that their anxiety isn’t normal. Whether you feel it for an obvious reason or you can’t explain it, it’s still normal. It happens to a lot of adults and kids, and there are things you can do to help it!
Our tips for coping with anxiety can be tailored to most any age. At the Texas Children’s Academy, we offer care for infants through pre-kindergarten children. When you need caretakers that always go the extra mile, we are your answer. Contact us today to learn more!