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…..love 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
by Andi Green and Andi Green;Andi Green
by Steve Herman
by Adir Levy
by Gail Silver and Franziska Hollbacher
by Natalia Maguire and Anastasia Zababashkina
by Dawn Huebner