A Mother’s Guide to Handling Childhood Anxiety

A Mother’s Guide to Handling Childhood Anxiety begins with an understanding of a new approach to helping sufferers deal with their anxiety. It’s called exposure therapy and works like this: Instead of avoiding anxiety-producing situations—performing at a recital, giving a report in front of the class, talking to adults—children are taught to manage anxiety.

So, instead of not performing at the recital or just riding out the anxious feelings, a child would choose a very short piece and also have backup plans for “temporary escape” (going to the bathroom before it’s his turn to take the stage, stepping outside to breathe deeply, etc.).

Then the next time the child has a recital, they would choose a longer piece. Having these strategies allows the child to feel empowered to deal with his anxiety triggers, rather than let them control him. So in this sense, the research suggests that children overcome their anxiety best when they work through it themselves {Tweet This} using this type of exposure method.

There are other approaches to helping your child deal with anxiety, and we cover some of them here in a Mother’s Guide to Handling Childhood Anxiety:

We’d love to hear how you’ve handled anxiety in your children.

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