Many children struggle with anxiety, but there are ways to help them ease their worries. Parents often don’t want to draw attention to their child’s anxiety for fear it will upset the child more. While this may happen at first, the long-term benefits of effectively managing anxiety will outweigh any initial discomfort. Start by having a conversation with your child and express your concern that worrying makes it hard to enjoy themselves. Discuss how they may be able to reign in those fears. Working with your child to experiment with different behaviors and new ways of managing anxiety will be hard at first, but, for many children, it gets easier with practice and encouragement.
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