Almost every child is afraid of something. Whether it be children’s dentists, the doctor, the dark, or scary monsters. Having a few fears is natural, but when you start to see these fears manifest themselves in anxious behaviors in your child, you know that it is time for a change. Anxiety is different than fear in that it often crops up in social situations or affects your child’s ability to live life normally.
In this video, we will take a look at some of the tell-tale signs of anxiety in a child and what you can do to help as a parent.
Obviously, being there to listen is an important step in helping with anxiety, but you will also need to lead the conversation. Ask your child how they are feeling, and what they are anxious about. Work to quell those fears and explain that anxiety about certain things can be normal, but not when it causes you stress. Check in on them, and don’t leave them to navigate this new feeling alone. If additional step sare required, then it may be time to have an appointment with your child’s doctor to help address the issue.