When kids are anxious, it’s natural to want to help them feel better. But by trying to protect them, you can accidentally make anxiety worse. It’s best to help kids overcome anxiety by teaching them to deal with it as it comes up.
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Don’t try to eliminate anxiety
Don’t avoid things just because they make a child anxious
Express positive, but realistic, expectations
Respect their feelings, but don’t empower them
Don’t ask leading questions
Don’t reinforce your child’s fears
Try to keep the anticipatory period short
Think things through with your child
Try to model healthy ways of handling anxiety.
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