Encourage Your Kid to Be Their Own Detective

It is alluring to reassure your youngster and respond to their fears by saying things like, “You’ll be okay, honey. Don’t stress over it.”

As anxiety sometimes entails a dread of the future, anxious children frequently seek their parents for assurance about what will occur in any circumstance. As a storm approaches, a youngster may continually question his parents if it will be awful outside, when it will arrive, and what he needs to do to get ready. Regrettably, the worry the youngster experiences lessen only temporarily as a result of parental assurance. The little youngster soon experiences discomfort once more and looks for more assurance. We, as parents, unintentionally promote anxious habits by focusing on fear rather than bravery.

Children can eventually stop comforting themselves when their parents are not around. This hinders the growth of independence and skill in controlling one’s emotions and coming up with answers to difficulties.

Instead, acknowledge your child’s worry and encourage her to actively seek your help in finding the answers to many of her own fear-based queries. Give anxiety a name so that your kid can identify it and manage it when it arises. Keep in mind that a skilled detective searches for hints and proof to solve a case. The following are important inquiries: What occurred the last time you worried about this? Has something bad like this ever occurred before? How probable is it that this bad thing will occur? What would you be able to do if that actually happened?

The language and thinking skills your kid needs to confront her worries and take responsibility for solutions are developed via these problem-solving exercises.