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Parenting Dilemma: Helping Your Child With Anxiety

Parenting is hard.  It is easily the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life.  As my small people get older, I am faced with one challenge after another that tests the bounds of my parental creativity and ability to nurture them, guide them and help them to be the very best version of ‘them’ they can be.

It is especially difficult when your child has fear or anxiety you simply don’t understand.  I have a bright, beautiful, kind-hearted little girl.  She is eight years old, loves school, loves to play sports and spend time with her friends, but she is terrified of new situations.

She all but refuses new activities if she won’t be accompanied by someone she knows.  This includes new sports, summer camps and even vacations. If she will have to spend time without my husband or I, she doesn’t want to go. And by ‘doesn’t want to go’, I mean she would rather sacrifice a family vacation out of the country instead of spending one hour a day in a ‘kid’s club’ environment because it would mean being with adults and other children she doesn’t know. The thought brings her to tears.

My husband and I used to say she was shy, but I’m started to realize that she is actually experiencing a level of anxiety about this.

I explain more in the video.  The truth is, I’m asking for your wisdom.


Read more from Danielle on Strollerderby and her personal sites ExtraordinaryMommy and DanielleSmithMedia.

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