How do you teach your child not to be scared? Bedtime, meals, learning at home, performance anxiety, and separation anxiety can all be sources of anxiety for kids. This is especially true for kids who may be highly sensitive. Kids who struggle with anxiety are often more “on alert” than other children, and don’t always assess danger well.
Kids who are anxious can also get their cues from parents. The more we try to create an environment that keeps kids out of a highly-alert state, the more sense of peace and calm the child can feel. In our previous podcast episode, we discussed how modeling a calm spirit is a vital part of calming an anxious child.
In this episode, you’ll learn how to empower your children to constructively work through their anxiety, and to experience God’s peace and purpose for their lives.
This podcast is the second in a four-part series about anxiety. Listen in as Jim and Lynne Jackson, co-founders of Connected Families, together with close colleague, and marriage and family therapist, Chad Hayenga, explore some of the best ways to encourage kids when they experience anxiety.
Among the many practical tools in this podcast, you’ll learn:
- 3 “Don’ts” that can add to your child’s anxiety.
- 3 “Do’s” that can equip your kids with confidence-boosting skills to handle anxiety.
- How to help your kids feel empowered with a teamwork mentality, and in their God-given identity to be brave.
Mentioned in this podcast:
- Philippians 4:6,7
- Ephesians 2:10
- Joshua 1:9
- The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears (includes the “second chicken” story mentioned in today’s podcast episode)
- Helping Your Highly Sensitive Child
- How to Create a Simple Sensory Diet for Restless, Homebound Kids
- Building Your Inner Coach-Brett Ledbetter
- Dan Siegel: Name it to Tame it
Wondering if you have a highly sensitive child? Check out the sister article for this podcast: Helping Your Highly Sensitive Child.
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