Helping Kids Overcome Anxiety

Anxiety in kids is more common than you might think.  It may present itself in many ways- not wanting to eat lunch at school, bedtime fears, or even repeated questions about earthquakes.  I think the suggestions made in this article for parents of kids with anxiety was very helpful.  I think the techniques can be translated for use with all kids, not just the worriers.

I particularly liked this quote from Karen Young: “Remember that anxiety in kids is very treatable but it might take time. Explain to your child that his or her very clever and very protective brain might need some convincing that just because it thinks there’s trouble coming, doesn’t mean there is. Keep practicing and they’ll get there.”

Here is the whole piece:

http://www.heysigmund.com/anxiety-in-kids/

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Joyeux Parenting

I am the proud mother of two beautiful children and have lived in Boston for most of my life. I have over twenty years of experience as a Child Development Specialist working with new families, pediatricians at Mass General Hospital, and Early Intervention. I have a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding the challenges related to breastfeeding, behavior management, picky eaters, discipline, sleep, and development. I love being a wife and mother and sharing my experiences-the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am constantly learning about new evidence based information as it relates to parenting. Most importantly, I think it is crucial to recognize that we all make mistakes and learn from them. I am a firm believer that humor is essential as you navigate the world. Parenting should be full of joy and that is why I started my business Joyeux Parenting. Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with you.

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