In my previous post, Part 2, I discussed my experience as a child in school and shared some strategies that worked and didn’t work so well. Here are a few strategies that can be invaluable for you as parents to help your child with anxiety, whether about school or anything else.
- Recognize physical symptoms. Our body will tell us when we are anxious. Our pulse increases, we might feel light-headed, or our muscles may get tense. Talk to your child about what is going on when they are anxious. First, ask them what they notice about their bodies when they become anxious. Often, children are able to identify the signs. If your child is very young or otherwise unable to identify physical symptoms, you can help them by observing them when you know they are getting anxious to see if you recognize any obvious symptoms. Once your child is able to identify the symptoms, help them to use calming strategies, such as the following ones, when they notice their bodies telling them they are anxious.
In Part 1, I described my experience with school phobia and anxiety and mentioned that I won the fight over fear. Ultimately, I continued my education and became a school psychologist in which part of my job involves working with students who have similar issues. In this post, I would like to highlight some of the strategies that worked for me and some that didn’t. I don’t think I ever would have been able to identify these strategies if I hadn’t had the experience I did in graduate school. It was an aha moment and profoundly therapeutic. It happened informally one day while I was visiting with one of my psychology professors who was a counselor. Continue reading
It has been one year since I started this blog. My, how time flies! I thought I would repost my first blog in light of the season of thanks. As an update, my son just celebrated his 22nd birthday and his first year in the Air Force. He has had a very blessed year and along the journey discovered that a marriage proposal was a little premature. I am in good health and did leave a thank you note for my doctor. She phoned me later and told me how much it meant to her. I continue to give thanks for the blessings in my life mentioned below and new ones I choose to see each day. I hope you do the same! Thanks for reading!
Reposted from 2014:
During the past month, a number of things have transpired in my life. Continue reading