With estimates as high as 1 in 5 children being affected by a mental health concern, it is time to stand up and take notice. Parents, teachers, physicians and anyone who cares for children need to be educated and informed to help ALL kids succeed.
Anxiety is a tangible force in the lives of many kids. It may range from mild to severe and can impact both social and academic aspects of a child’s life. Knowing what to say to help can make all the difference in the life of an anxious child.
The image above, by Dr. Lynne Kenney, (author of the book Bloom) has a list of 10 helpful things to say to an anxious child.
It is true that some things parents and caregivers say and do may actually fuel the anxiety and exacerbate it, unbeknownst to the adult who is trying to be helpful.
Anxious kids can be helped, and like anything, the earlier the better. If you have tried everything within your power to help your anxious child cope and met with limited success, ask your physician for a referral to a qualified, licensed mental health provider adept at treating children.