A certain amount of anxiety is normal in children. Common childhood anxieties include fear of the dark, worries about making friends, nervousness about performing well in school or sports, and becoming aware of scary situations in an adult world. Sometimes major life transitions can cause a child to experience anxiety in an area they had been confident in before. Being attentive to and validating these fears can go a long way in helping children learn to work through them, but when these anxieties become persistent or intense enough to stop a child from functioning well or from fully participating in the world around them, then expert assistance may be beneficial.
Parenting an anxious child means facing constant challenges and questions: When should parents help children avoid anxiety-provoking situations, and when should they encourage them to face their fears? How can parents foster independence while still supporting their children? How can parents reduce...
It’s natural for children, like adults, to experience emotional ups and downs. For some children, feeling “blue” for an extended period can be a sign of depression. If your child’s mental health interferes with social activities, interests, schoolwork or family life, it’s time to get help.
An urgent and necessary book, when the world feels like a scary place brings solutions to a problem that is only going to get worse—how bad things happening in the world affect our children, and how we can raise engaged and confident kids in spite of them.
Getting good grades, keeping up with social media, maintaining friendships . . . you have a lot on your plate and it's more difficult when you add anxiety to the mix. You may even be avoiding situations, events, or people that could trigger your anxiety.