This resource provides information for parents and carers to help them understand anxiety in children and young people. It explains when anxiety can be helpful, such as preparing us to respond to threat, versus when it becomes problematic and distressing. Sections are included on recognising physical and emotional signs of anxiety in children, and advice is given on talking to children about emotions. Strategies are suggested to avoid common parent “anxiety traps” like providing excessive reassurance.
The resource covers techniques to help children and young people overcome anxiety, including relaxation methods like calm breathing, challenges to unhelpful thoughts, and graded exposure to build confidence facing fears. The importance of praise and rewards is emphasised. Tips are given on helping children develop independence through taking on new tasks. Guidance is also provided on supporting parents and carers to look after themselves, as parenting an anxious child can be stressful. Links to further resources are included.
Overall, the resource aims to increase understanding of childhood anxiety and gives practical strategies and advice so parents can support their child in managing anxiety. The focus is on avoiding reinforcing anxious behaviours in children and helping the child face fears gradually to learn they can cope.
- Part 1: Understanding and Talking about Anxiety
- Part 2: Anxiety Traps
- Part 3: Overcoming Anxiety
- Part 4: Looking After Yourself
- Part 5: Further Information and Resources
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