A little anxiety in normal in the face of new people and new activities. When anxiety keeps your child from activities or intrudes on family time, it’s important to understand how best to respond to your child and provide support. Parents often find it difficult to reassure the anxious child. This is natural, because you cannot change the anxious person’s perception.
Anxiety is best approached by developing strategies:
- Distract yourself with pleasant thoughts and activities
- Use play and laughter to keep worries away and make the body strong
- Set a specific, short time each day for worrying
- Tell the worry to wait for worry time
- Write the worry down and put it in a special place until worry time
Anxiety_Helping_Your_Child_Cope is a parent information sheet from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
What to Do when you Worry Too Much by Dawn Huebner, PhD
Helping your Anxious Child by Ron Rapee
Treatments that Work (series): Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic workbook & Mastery of Your Anxiety and Worry workbook and other titles.
My Anxious Mind by Michael Thompkins &Katherine Martinez (for teens)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an effective way to address anxiety. Therapists may use workbooks like Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic: Workbook by David H. Barlow & Michelle G. Craske for older teens and adults.
The San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy in the Rockridge section of Oakland, CA is one resource. Their number is 510.652.4455.