Help a Child with Anxiety by Setting Up This One Simple Thing.
Do you want to help a child with anxiety? Life offers them two doors. Behind door #1 is fear, avoidance and misery. Behind door #2 is fear, bravery and determination. What door does your anxious child pick? What door do you pick for them?
As parents, it is hard to not be overly sympathetic to our children with anxiety. Watching them squirm and suffer through anxiety is not fun. It is understandable that for some of us, we want to help our kids avoid this suffering by avoiding the root cause of their misery. Unfortunately, if you want to help a child with anxiety – you need to do just the opposite.
To help a child with anxiety, a parent must teach their anxious child how anxiety works. Anxiety triggers a false alarm in their brain. A false alarm that is causing panic to spread throughout their body. Panic that tells them to avoid – avoid their fears at all costs. This might mean avoiding school. This might mean avoiding social interactions. Anxiety tailors its list of demands based on your child’s own particular flavor of fear.
As parents, we have to teach our anxious children anxiety’s nasty tricks. We have to teach our children that the more their anxiety screams “Avoid! Avoid!” They respond with an adamant, “Not this time Anxiety!”
So how do we do that? You can help a child with anxiety by setting up what I like to call, anxiety challenges.
To learn how to set them up and how they work, pull up a seat and let’s have a chat. Click and watch below:
This is Part 4 of a 5 Part Series on child anxiety. If you missed Part 1, 2 or 3 check it by clicking the links above. Part 1 talks about unusual signs of anxiety in Children. Part 2 talks about the importance of naming your child’s anxiety. Part 3 talks about “red thoughts” and “green thoughts.”
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