Anxiety has a way of making everyone feel helpless - those experiencing anxiousness and those trying to help. It’s hard to know what to say when a child becomes overwhelmed with anxiety, but it’s most important to be a strong, steadying influence. You may not be able to take their anxiousness away, but your emotional support and your calmness makes a difference.
Children take their cues from their parents so your trust that they can cope when they become overly anxious will send a powerful message that they’ll come out the other side safely. The language you use will convey your trust and also offer your child the comfort they need to feel safe, as well as the courage to find their own solutions to their anxiousness.
When you see anxiousness take hold here are some things that you can say that will help your child cope:
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