Anxiety is something that many of us deal with throughout our lives, but how do we help our little ones deal with it all? Thankfully, preparing them for life might not be as tough as it once seemed.
Children typically start showing separation anxiety at around 10 months old, and it can sometimes last for years. Reading stories is thought to be one way to prepare young ones for heading off to school and being away from their loved ones. Plus, having a goodbye ritual or a comfort item, such as a toy or blanket, while reminding kids that adults always come back can both help to make the separation easier. One of the most important things for parents to remember is to keep their worries about leaving young ones to themselves, so they don’t transmit to children.
Nightmares can plague many of us throughout our lives and can leave some children worrying about heading to sleep after having bad dreams. A lack of sleep can lead to more nightmares in the long run, so it’s important to try and combat the issue as early as possible. Having a night light can help to comfort some children when they wake up scared. Plus, calming your little ones with soothing tones, or getting them to draw a picture of what scared them can help parents to understand what is worrying their little one before reassuring them their nightmares are only their imagination.
Natural disasters can be a worrying thought for many children. So how can parents help their little ones deal with their anxiety over a tragedy? Thankfully, facts could soon become your new best friend. These can often help children to understand their fear might not be as prominent as they believe. Another method is to talk through any emergency strategies to make them feel as though they are prepared for whenever a disaster may strike. This sense of control can help many to release their worries.
Many of us start making friends from a young age, but what happens when our children worry about their own relationships? Empathizing with their feelings is a brilliant place to start for many. However, reasoning about why they might not have got an invite to the party or why their friends no longer want to hang out could help them to see the other side of the story. Plus, encouraging them to make new friends could be the perfect distraction and a way for your children to out the current situation behind them.
Although life can seem like a big, scary place for young ones, there are many ways parents can help their little ones deal with anxiety. Sometimes, a little talking a reassurance can go a long way to make the world seem like a better place.