As many parents know, anxiety in children can create a stressful environment for everyone in the house, not just the child experiencing the anxiety. As parents, we want to provide our children with a safe, stress-free environment all of the time and may unknowingly be making the anxiety worse. By avoiding anything that causes anxiety, children will never be given the tools and the opportunity to work through their anxious feelings and face whatever obstacle causes this reaction.
I recently came across this interesting article written by Clark Goldstein, PhD from the Child Mind Institute focusing on “What To Do (And Not DO) When Children Are Anxious.” It provides tools parents can use to help their children work through their anxiety and face the obstacles holding them back. I highly recommend this article for anyone struggling with an anxious child.