Growing up, I had a few phobias. There wasn’t any real reason why I was afraid, but the fears were real and I can remember the anxiety whenever I was faced with my specific triggers. I am thankful that over time I seemed to learn better coping methods so my heart wouldn’t race as much and I didn’t feel like I had to avoid situations because of my fears.
When I became a parent, I wasn’t really surprised to see that my kids had their own fears and anxieties as well. Again, I am not sure where they came from, maybe I modeled some fear-type behavior and they picked up on it, but I do know their fears are real. When it comes to parenting higher anxiety kids, it can be a little challenging.
An article by HealthyChildren.org states that in a study they found, 43% of children between the ages of 6 and 12 had many fears and concerns so I know it’s a topic many other parents may be struggling with as well. The Canadian Mental Health Association gives a few tips on how to help work though the fears that kids have, while still teaching them that sometimes that anxiety and fear is a way to keep them safe. Some tips they offer include letting your child know that you love them, spend time practicing skills, and a lot of reassurance.
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