Children face many problems and fears in their daily lives, whether at school or in their home lives. They need parents and other adults to teach them how to deal with their worries. With successful coping strategies, children can overcome common anxieties that they face.
Everyone is nervous on the first day of school, but many children frequently face much worse anxiety related to school. Some are afraid they will fail academically or their teachers or peers will not treat them kindly. They may not tell you their anxieties directly, but you may notice a reluctance to go to school, frustration doing homework, crying, or other unusual behaviors.
To guide your child through their anxieties, talk with them about their fears and help them identify what worries might be unrealistic and what might be reasonable. Discuss ways they might confront their fears, and rehearse how to handle potentially scary situations.
Doctor or Dentist Anxiety
Children often fear going to the doctor or the dentist because they don’t know what will happen or if it will hurt. The best way to help your child cope is to explain to them just what will happen during their visit. Assure your child you will be there the entire time and plan a reward after the visit.
The timing of the appointment is important, also. If a child is sick or has a dental emergency, you must seek help immediately, but for regular checkups, you can be more flexible. You should avoid scheduling appointments during stressful times. When both children and parents are calm and relaxed, anxiety will be reduced.
Social anxiety can arise from any relationships the child may face. Social anxiety can happen at any age but seems to become more prevalent in middle schools and continue through high school, as kids deal with peer pressure and potential bullying.
To help a child with social anxiety, begin by empathizing with your child’s worries. Let your child know that it’s normal to feel uneasy around unfamiliar people and situations they don’t know. Role-play ways to deal with teasing, negative comments, and aggression.
Anxiety is not unusual among children. Whether it’s a passing phase or an ongoing situation, you can help children deal with their anxieties and the situations that trigger them. If anxiety is severe, you may want to seek counseling.
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