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A lot of the adults I see suffer from variations of anxiety and struggle to cope with it effectively. It is potentially even more frustrating for kids who have anxiety to develop the coping skills to process their own anxiety.
“It is normal for very young children to be afraid of the dark, or for school-age children to worry about making friends. But sometimes normal childhood anxiety morphs into something more serious. A young girl might be afraid to ever leave her mother’s side, even to get on the school bus, or an anxious boy might need frequent reassurance over things that happened a month ago” (Boorady). Here are some common symptoms of anxiety in children:
Because we love our children so much, we often try to do things to calm or dissipate our child’s anxiety, like avoiding the thing that causes them discomfort. However, this reinforces the power of the place or event that is causing them anxiety. To help them develop the coping skills, a child needs to sit with the uncomfortable feeling and realize they can and have the tools to get through it.
Below are several things you can do with your anxious child when they are seeking comfort: