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Childhood Anxiety - Tips for Parents

Pay attention to your child’s feelings.

Don’t encourage your child to ignore or push away their anxious feelings.

Stay calm and logical. Don’t panic.

Recognize your child’s achievements.

Be an advocate for your child. Meet with your child’s teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, etc.

Encourage your child to participate in extracurricular activities.

Maintain routine whenever possible. Be consistent.

Help your child modify their expectations and accept they cannot control everything.

Plan the day and plan how to deal with changes to the plan. Teach your child flexibility.

Encourage your child to eat right, exercise, and get plenty of sleep.

Maintain a positive attitude.

Take time to relax. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed.

Help your child learn to relax.

Parents can help their children develop the appropriate skills and confidence to overcome their fears and anxieties. Children with anxiety can lead a full and happy life. Medication and therapy may be necessary, but parental support and education is essential.

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