IIt’s time to head back to school.
While this can be an exciting time for children and parents, for some, it can be stressful. Stress serves a purpose in our lives. However, when stress is so persistent that you start to feel worry, dread, or fear, it turns into anxiety.
We can start showing signs of anxiety in infancy. Babies may cry or hiccup excessively. Toddlers may bite, have tantrums, or be extra clingy. School aged children may experience stomach aches, sleeplessness, or irritability. And procrastinating, yelling, and poor appetite are some signs of parental anxiety.
According to the CDC, 7.1% of children aged 3-17 years have diagnosed anxiety in 2018. That number jumps to 31.9% of children aged 13 - 18. And an estimated 31.1% of U.S. adults experience any anxiety disorder at some time in their lives (NIMH).
The best way for parents to talk to kids about anxiety is to lead by example. As The Good Mom Coach™, I teach parents techniques they can use throughout the day such as deep breathing, and thought flexibility to help them manage stressful situations. These same techniques can be taught to children sometimes just by watching their parents use them.
Parents are truly their child’s first teacher so it’s important that moms and dads take good care of themselves. Your kids are watching and learning!