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Anxiety becomes a problem when it prevents your child from experiencing, enjoying and participating in the things that children their age would typically be involved in.
Anxiety can interfere with your child’s friendships, opportunities and learning…and if it is not addressed early enough, can have long-term effects on your child’s self-esteem and resilience.
Below, download your copy of a free ebook 10 Ways to Help Your Anxious Child, compiled by Child Psychologists and teachers at Kids First Children’s Services in Sydney’s northern beaches.
Is it normal for children to be anxious?
All children experience anxiety as they grow up.
When kids are faced with unfamiliar, dangerous or stressful situations, it’s natural for them to worry or even be afraid.
But for some children, these worries become an on-going concern that affects their relationships, confidence and independence.
For children, anxiety can take many forms
Child anxiety can be triggered by stressful situations such as bullying at school, or by worrying situations like family problems, exams or exposure to trauma.
Some children have an anxious disposition, and this is often the case if parents or other family members also struggle with anxiety. Anxiety can therefore be part of their genetic and biochemical make-up, as well as a part of their personality.
Anxious children demonstrate their worries in a wide variety of ways
Some children experience severe separation anxiety, while others may act out or even withdraw from contact with other children.
Some children have specific phobias, which involve an intense, seemingly irrational fear of a specific object, such as a dog, or a situation, such as travelling on a bus.
Common childhood phobias include fear of animals, storms, heights, water, blood, the dark, and medical procedures.
How to help your anxious child
Kids First’s experienced Child Psychologists have supported many anxious children and have compiled a helpful e-book, 10 Ways to help Your Anxious Child.
Download it below…and if we can help your child and family, don’t hesitate to find out more about what we do here or to contact us at Kids First in Sydney’s northern beaches on (02) 9938 5419