Adopted from an article published by Clark Goldstein, PhD

Is your child experiencing anxiety? If so, here are some suggestions that you may find helpful. The best suggestion is to do what you do best… them!!

1. The goal isn’t to eliminate anxiety, but to help a child manage it.

2. Don’t avoid things just because they make a child anxious.

3. Express positive—but realistic—expectations

4. Respect feelings, but don’t empower them.

5. Don’t ask leading questions.

6. Don’t reinforce the child’s fears.

7. Encourage the child to tolerate her anxiety.

8. Try to keep the anticipatory period short.

9. Think things through with the child.

10. Try to model healthy ways of handling anxiety.

Some books to consider when helping your child with anxiety

Don’t Feed The WorryBug (Soft Cover Edition)

by Andi Green and Andi Green;Andi Green

Help Hungry Henry Deal with Anxiety: An Interactive Picture Book about Calming Your Worries

Part of: Hungry Henry (4 Books)

by Steve Herman

The Invisible String

by Patrice Karst and Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

A Terrible Thing Happened

by Margaret M Holmes , Sasha J Mudlaff , et al.

What Should Danny Do? (The Power to Choose Series)

by Adir Levy

How To Tame My Anxiety Monster

by Melanie Hawkins

Mindful Bea and the Worry Tree

by Gail Silver and Franziska Hollbacher

My Body Sends a Signal: Helping Kids Recognize Emotions and Express Feelings

by Natalia Maguire and Anastasia Zababashkina

Outsmarting Worry (An Older Kid’s Guide to Managing Anxiety)

by Dawn Huebner