Does your child struggle with anxiety?
Susan Stiffelman notes:
As a family therapist, I’ve always worked with children and teens for anxiety-related challenges. But those numbers have been rising at an alarming rate.
Whether it’s due to increased exposure to news, more academic and social pressures, or simply a faster pace of life, the number of children who come to see me for anxiety, stress, and worry is on the rise.
We want childhood to be a time when our kids embrace new experiences and delight in trying on more independence.
Unfortunately, more and more children struggle to move through the world with confidence and ease.
Her Master Class on Helping Anxious Children Thrive was presented live with “Australia’s beloved parent coach” Maggie Dent, on September 25, 2019.
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A strategy to help an anxious child
Susan Stiffelman says her “Little Fear Guy” approach “is one of my favorite strategies for helping anxious children distance themselves from the scary thoughts that generate fear.
“I tell them that they have a little creature who sits on their shoulder and whose job is to protect them.
“Little Fear Guy’s job is to keep us safe. If you’re about to touch a hot stove or run into the street, he’ll shout, ‘No! Be careful!’ and that’s a good thing.
“But sometimes he takes his job too seriously, and tells us that something is dangerous when in fact it isn’t.”
“Instead of asking, “Why are you so afraid?”, you’ll ask, “What is Little Fear Guy telling you might happen?”
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