From academic performance to diet, online threats to abuse, it’s natural for you as a parent to worry about your child and their future.
What if your fears are taking away, rather than adding to the most blissful years of your little one? Here are a few easy ways to deal with parental anxiety.
1. Shift fear from facts
If you worry every moment about your child’s grades and health, it’s time you examine where your fears are stemming from. For instance, if you’re unsure if your child will score well in maths, see if this fear is the outcome of the fact that they have consistently been scoring low in the subject. Or, if it’s because of you, as a child, were not good at the subject.
2. Write down your worries
Pen down your fears and its pros and cons. This will help you understand if you are being over protective. For example, Preventing your child from going out and playing because you are afraid that a stranger may hurt them is an unreal restriction.
3. Empower kids with knowledge
There is no better way to ease anxiety than by giving your child lessons in how to deal with a certain situation. For example, being with your kid all the time to prevent them from interacting with strangers is impractical. Instead, teach them how to talk to strangers and get out of an uncomfortable situation.
4. Do calming exercises
Deep breathing, meditation and taking a walk in the park with your child are some of the things that you can do to ease your anxiety. It not only calms you but also teaches your child mindfulness.
5. Act on concerns
If you have reasons to believe that your fears may be true, then take concrete action on it. For instance, if you think your child may be suffering from a learning disability. Then, don’t just sit behind a computer and Google solutions. Seek the help of a child expert.
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