“Am I making my child’s anxiety worse?”
“I always was anxious as a kid, and so I’m worried my child gets it from me.”
“I have anxiety, too, so I know it’s my fault.”
Parents often call me with these questions and comments. As a parent, it can be hard when you see your child struggling with the exact same issues that you had. You want to help them, and you also feel a little bit…guilty. Maybe it’s your fault they’re this way.
But it’s really not your fault
And feeling guilty, even if it makes sense, doesn’t make things easier. So let’s take a step back and figure out what is leading to your child’s anxiety in the first place.
Starting next week, we’ll begin our 8 week series on anxiety and parenting - and there’s a lot that we’ll be digging into:
The Building Blocks of Anxiety
Managing Your Own Anxiety as a Parent
Parenting Anxious Pre-Schoolers and Elementary Schoolers
Anxiety and Parenting a Child with Anger Management Issues (spoiler: it’s probably anxiety related as well!)
Perfectionism and Parenting Your Highschooler
Preparing Your Highschooler for College
Out of the Nest: How to Parent Your Anxiety-Driven College Student
Moving Forward and Next Steps
That’s a lot of info… so why am I covering all of this?Read More