Even before the global pandemic, many children struggled with fears and worries. Unfortunately, many of the strategies we’ve used to address our kids’ concerns — logic, reassurance, and sometimes good ol’ frustration (because we’re human, after all!) — don’t tend to be effective at addressing those concerns in the long run.
In this episode, we’ll consider why those strategies don’t work for kids (and why they wouldn’t work for us either!). We’ll also discuss different tools for supporting our kids when they express their fears and worries so that we see results that last now… and into the future.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- Why the “anxious brain” doesn’t respond to logic or reassurance
- A step-by-step strategy for responding to a worried (illogical) child when nothing else seems to work
- Proactive tools that will help your child build their resilience
Referenced in this Episode:
Your Parenting Long Game, Episode 1 (Band-Aid Parenting vs. Long Game Parenting)
Your Parenting Long Game, Episode 2 (Your Parenting Long Game: The Framework)
Your Parenting Long Game, Episode 12 (A Tool to Help Kids Who Worry a Lot or Who Have Low Confidence)
Your Parenting Long Game, Episode 27 (Teaching Kids to Cope With Feelings in a Healthy Way)
VISUAL CHEAT SHEET + QUESTIONS FOR YOU
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