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Discover How 3 Easy Steps Can Help Your Anxious Child Thrive

In the realm of children's anxiety, the concept of contagion takes on a profound significance. Children often catch anxiety from their environment, absorbing fears and uncertainties from parents, peers, and the world around them.

How can parents break this cycle and empower their children to manage anxiety?

Picture this scenario: Your child is about to start a new school year, and the fear of the unknown looms large. As a parent, you may inadvertently pass on your anxieties about the school experience, reinforcing your child's fears. However, by understanding how beliefs are formed and taking proactive steps, you can help your child navigate anxiety more effectively.

Beliefs are not inherent; they are shaped by the evidence we gather from our experiences. If a child repeatedly hears stories or creates their own stories of school-related stress and failure, they may come to believe that school is a place of anxiety and struggle. This belief can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, leading to heightened anxiety and academic difficulties.

Introducing Sue’s 3 A’s: Awareness, Acceptance, and Action. These three steps can help parents support their children in managing anxiety.

1. Awareness: The first step is to become aware of what’s going on in your child’s mind and body and what’s triggering their anxiety. Notice when they are acting out of fear and gently guide them to recognize these moments themselves.

2. Acceptance: Once you and your child are aware of their anxiety, the next step is acceptance. Help them understand that it's okay to feel anxious and that their feelings are valid. Refrain from dismissing their fears and instead validate their emotions by letting them know you are here supporting them through this.

3. Action: The final step is to believe in themselves and act mindfully.
Help your child develop powerful strategies to navigate through anxious moments, such as deep breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques, along with seeking support from a therapist, counselor or another adult they trust.

In this school related scenario you can encourage them to approach this stress with the courage and self belief that they can get through this tricky moment with the support they need. What you’re aiming for is to instil possibility thinking over impossibility thinking.
AKA I can’t…… v I can……….

“What we believe is possible, is possible.”

"By instilling “I can….” beliefs in your child, you are helping them develop a mindset that is resilient in the face of anxiety-provoking situations. When children believe in their own abilities and strengths, they are more likely to approach challenges with confidence and determination.

This strength based outlook is what breaks the cycle of anxiety, helping them navigate difficult situations with a sense of self belief and calm confidence.

By equipping your child with the right mindset and skillset, you are empowering them to take control of their anxiety and reduce its impact on their daily life.

Together, these efforts can help your child break free from the cycle of fear and anxiety, allowing them to embrace life with more confidence and resilience .

By
✅ increasing your own and your child’s awareness,
✅ 
nurturing their belief in themselves through self acceptance, and
✅ providing them with the skills to take action and conquer their anxious moments...

...you are setting your child up for success in strengthening their mental health throughout their lives."

Love, trust and believe in yourselves.

You’ve got this! 

- Sue :)

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Discover How 3 Easy Steps Can Help Your Anxious Child Thrive

In the realm of children's anxiety, the concept of contagion takes on a profound significance. Children often catch anxiety from their environment, absorbing fears and uncertainties from parents, peers, and the world around them.

How can parents break this cycle and empower their children to manage anxiety?

Picture this scenario: Your child is about to start a new school year, and the fear of the unknown looms large. As a parent, you may inadvertently pass on your anxieties about the school experience, reinforcing your child's fears. However, by understanding how beliefs are formed and taking proactive steps, you can help your child navigate anxiety more effectively.

Beliefs are not inherent; they are shaped by the evidence we gather from our experiences. If a child repeatedly hears stories or creates their own stories of school-related stress and failure, they may come to believe that school is a place of anxiety and struggle. This belief can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, leading to heightened anxiety and academic difficulties.

Introducing Sue’s 3 A’s: Awareness, Acceptance, and Action. These three steps can help parents support their children in managing anxiety.

1. Awareness: The first step is to become aware of what’s going on in your child’s mind and body and what’s triggering their anxiety. Notice when they are acting out of fear and gently guide them to recognize these moments themselves.

2. Acceptance: Once you and your child are aware of their anxiety, the next step is acceptance. Help them understand that it's okay to feel anxious and that their feelings are valid. Refrain from dismissing their fears and instead validate their emotions by letting them know you are here supporting them through this.

3. Action: The final step is to believe in themselves and act mindfully.
Help your child develop powerful strategies to navigate through anxious moments, such as deep breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques, along with seeking support from a therapist, counselor or another adult they trust.

In this school related scenario you can encourage them to approach this stress with the courage and self belief that they can get through this tricky moment with the support they need. What you’re aiming for is to instil possibility thinking over impossibility thinking.
AKA I can’t…… v I can……….

“What we believe is possible, is possible.”

"By instilling “I can….” beliefs in your child, you are helping them develop a mindset that is resilient in the face of anxiety-provoking situations. When children believe in their own abilities and strengths, they are more likely to approach challenges with confidence and determination.

This strength based outlook is what breaks the cycle of anxiety, helping them navigate difficult situations with a sense of self belief and calm confidence.

By equipping your child with the right mindset and skillset, you are empowering them to take control of their anxiety and reduce its impact on their daily life.

Together, these efforts can help your child break free from the cycle of fear and anxiety, allowing them to embrace life with more confidence and resilience .

By
✅ increasing your own and your child’s awareness,
✅ 
nurturing their belief in themselves through self acceptance, and
✅ providing them with the skills to take action and conquer their anxious moments...

...you are setting your child up for success in strengthening their mental health throughout their lives."

Love, trust and believe in yourselves.

You’ve got this! 

- Sue :)

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Are time outs truly effective in teaching children valuable lessons, or do they inadvertently hinder kids’ learning and emotional growth? Many parents and educators rely on time outs as a disciplinary tool, but does this method work for our kids? Join me as we explore time outs' effectiveness and discover alternative approaches that prioritise empathy and understanding.

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Discover How 3 Easy Steps Can Help Your Anxious Child Thrive

In the realm of children's anxiety, the concept of contagion takes on a profound significance. Children often catch anxiety from their environment, absorbing fears and uncertainties from parents, peers, and the world around them.

Sunday, March 03, 2024

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