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A Kids Guide to Overcoming Worry & Anxiety (made simple)

 

Maybe your daughter gets a little nervous just before school.

 

Or your son backs out of joining soccer.

 

 

They have always been a little nervous around doing new things.

 

Maybe they are sensitive to tags on their shirt, very bright light

 

and never slept past 6:00 AM. Meanwhile, your friend’s kiddos are social

 

butterflies and sleep in long enough to allow them to have their morning coffee.

 

 

So what, right?

 

Indeed.

 

 

They are sensitive. And that’s a beautiful thing.

 

It just makes you worry…. A little. Unsure if they will handle life’s complexities.

 

I commend you for being the parent that takes notice. Not all do.

 

Having a sensitive nervous child means you need to be more on your game.

 

You probably are a bit more helicoptery. Right?

 

 

That’s okay too.

 

Your just keen to your child’s sensitivity and can probably anticipate when

 

they might have a meltdown.

 

 

However, it is important that we not get in their way of developing and part of developing is

 

letting and encouraging them to take risk.

 

 

While our sensitive kids need your keen eye for observation, as they grow, they also need

 

to sense your trust in them…that they are capable. We should encourage them

 

to take risk and be willing to watch them fall. (And that’s the hard part) And most importantly be there

 

 to help them get back up.

 

Take the swing, sing in the performance or simply learn to ride that bike!

 

 

Take the risk!

 

 

Encourage them to get back up and try again when they do fall or fail (or just feel like they did). Sensitive

 

kids are often overly hard on themselves.

 

 

Just because your child is anxious and sensitive doesn’t mean they should

 

stay in their comfort zone. Actually, with these children it’s important to encourage

 

them to take risk, obviously within reason, but to venture out into the world

 

with scary anxious sensations and all. It’s crucial that they develop an

 

inner self confidence that they can handle being scared. They need to know that they fall,  

 

they can get back up again.

 

Be a role model for your child.

Share your scary feelings…like how you did it anyway, and how you fell and got back up again.

 

It’s important.

 

 

 

Teaching our sensitive kids to take risk, accept the scary feelings that come with the risk

 

and doing it anyway is the best training for overcoming worry and anxiety. It’s like building a muscle or

 

training for a sport. The more you train the better you get.

 

 

And believe it or not, falling off that bike or missing that pitch and STILL getting back up—is even better. It teaches them that they can overcome obstacles.

 

 And life is full of them.

 

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