Parenting a child with anxiety can be a difficult task! Balancing protecting your child from negative emotions with preparing them for life can be tenuous and confusing. It is important that you address your child’s needs, but that you also practice good self-care.
Below are some general tips:
* Pay attention to your child’s feelings.
* Stay calm when your child becomes anxious about a situation or event.
* Recognize and praise small accomplishments.
* Don’t punish mistakes or lack of progress.
* Be flexible, but try to maintain a normal routine.
* Modify expectations during stressful periods.
* Plan for transitions (For example, allow extra time in the morning if getting to school is difficult).
If you are concerned that your child is experiencing an usually high level of anxiety/stress, it may be helpful to seek out professional support through a local counseling center.
Author: Jessica Harpel, M.A.