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There is a growing epidemic of anxiety among youth today. Children feel stressed about almost everything because they are overtested or helicopter-parented or spend all their time online.
However, research proposes some strategies parents can use to recognise and relieve or prevent ...
Fears are a normal part of a child's life. Children are afraid of the dark, or spiders or nurses. They worry about making friends or being separated from their parents. However, some children have more trouble managing their fears.
While researchers don't know why childhood anxiety might be...
Anxiety influences how a person will interpret and react to his environment. Anxious people often assume the worst. Even a neutral situation may be seen as threatening.
Anxiety in kids is often unknowingly promoted or reinforced through their parents. They ...
Research suggests that young children can develop fears simply by watching their parents. If a mother of a 1- or 2-year old behaved anxiously around strangers, the child was more likely to show fear and avoid strangers.
You may be able to help your child si...
Masking a fear does not mean one should pretend you're not afraid of anything. Researchers state that pretending that you never get scared shows a child that it is 'weird' to be fearful of something.
It may be more useful for parents to share how they cope with their own fears
To ease anxiety in kids, a parent can try not to be overbearing. For example, don't constantly spot your child on the climbing frame or to tell her to be careful every time she climbs out of the bathtub, even if she can do it reasonably safely.
This negative intervening can...
Research suggests letting children feel in control of their environment is vital for building confidence and decreasing anxiety. Children need the chance to problem-solve on their own. If you always step in to help, you're effectively saying that your child can't do it.
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