How to Help Your Anxious Kids: 21 Things Every Parent Should Know

21 Things Every Parent of Anxious Kids Should Know

As a child therapist who specializes in anxiety, I work with parents every week who have questions and misperceptions about anxiety. Anxiety can be confusing at times and being a parent of anxious kids can be exhausting!

Being a parent of anxious kids can be exhausting and confusing. Here are 21 things every parent should know and understand about anxious kids.

Below are 21 things every parent of anxious kids should know:


1. General Anxiety Disorder in children runs in families and has a strong genetic component.


2. Anxiety doesn’t have to be caused by trauma. Most often it’s not.


3. Your anxious children know their fears are irrational.


4. Anxiety doesn’t have to be triggered by anything. Just like Diabetes, kids can develop anxiety at any age.


5. Anxiety grows bigger when children avoid anxiety-producing situations.


6. Anxiety can make kids physically sick. Some physical anxiety symptoms include stomach aches, headaches and difficulty breathing.

7. Kids with anxiety are more likely to pull their hair out or pick scabs for no reason.

8. Anxiety in children under ten is common, in fact it can show up in kids as little as one or two.

9. When parents give in and let their anxious children avoid school continuously, they are more likely to be homeschooled eventually.

10. Anxiety is cyclical and can come and go over time.

11. Children with anxiety tend to be more emotionally intelligent.

12. Anxious kids tend to be better at reading social cues and body language.

13. Anxious kids spend much of their time thinking of “what if” thoughts.

14. Kids with worries are more likely to have a harder time with change.

15. Anxious kids are more likely to have heightened senses.

16. Young children with anxiety are more likely to be picky eaters.

17. Your anxious kids want to get rid of anxiety more than you know.

18. Anxious kids are less likely to face their fears if their parents don’t gently encourage them to do so.

19. Anxious kids can have panic attacks in their sleep. They do not have to be triggered by stress.

20. Intelligent kids can have worries that don’t make sense. Like a fear of sharks at the bottom of a pool.

21. Anxious kids don’t have to be a victim to their anxiety. With skills and tools, they can be empowered to crush their anxiety.

What would you add to this list? Leave a comment below. Do you know someone who has anxious kids? Share this article with them.

 

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Additional Support

If you need additional support with anxiety seek out child anxiety treatment with a child therapist. You can also take a parenting e-course to learn how to teach your child to crush anxiety. Taught by a child therapist, you will be given all the skills to help your child fight back.

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3 responses to “How to Help Your Anxious Kids: 21 Things Every Parent Should Know”

  1. Michelle Holland says:

    I would add that anxious kids, particularly young ones, can appear to be defiant and uncooperative because they are unable to voice their anxiety. We experienced this a lot with our young child. He was often misunderstand by others.

    • Natasha Daniels says:

      Such an insightful and important comment Michelle! Thanks for adding that one in. I completely agree. My middle child is the same way and unfortunately very misunderstood :-(. I wrote an article some time ago on that topic. I also included into in my article about missed signs of anxiety.
      http://www.anxioustoddlers.com/angry-boy/

      I am glad your child has a mom who gets this and can look beyond the behavior to the actual issue at hand.

  2. I like what this article mentions about anxious kids generally being more shy and timid than others. It makes sense that things like minor panic attacks and not facing fears could be signs of anxiety in a kid. It’s something to remember because I want to make sure to get my kid help if she has anxiety.
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