Childhood Anxiety – It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way
Twenty-five percent of school-aged children in North America suffer from some sort of anxiety. As a school teacher I’ve seen it myself. Our lifestyles are “busier” than ever, our kids are over-scheduled, and the pressure to “keep up” with other families keeps us on the hamster wheel of childhood achievement. We all want what is best for our kids, so why are our kids getting more stressed and anxious by the day?
The National Institute of Mental Health describes anxiety this way:
“Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can actually be beneficial in some situations. For some people, however, anxiety can become excessive, and while the person suffering may realize it is excessive they may also have difficulty controlling it and it may negatively affect their day-to-day living. There are a wide variety of anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and specific phobias to name a few. Collectively they are among the most common mental disorders experienced by Americans.”
The question is, do you want your son or daughter to be in the growing group of over-stressed and anxious kids, or do you want to take action now to help them thrive in today’s fast-paced world?
I recently read an excellent article from Worry Wise Kids about “Parenting Tips For Anxious Kids“. As I read each of the tips, I thought, “Yes, that’s Easy Daysies!”
Here are 4 tips from that article you can use today to help your son or daughter be less anxious, more confident, and better prepared for the world out there:
Expectations of Your Child
Build your child’s personal strength
Letting your child learn to do things on his/her own
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