What Am I Doing Wrong? - Lost in Space
Hey there! Are you a parent who's been wondering, 'What am I doing wrong?' when it comes to your child's anxiety? Well, fret not! We're here to shed some light on how certain behaviours can unknowingly contribute to the cycle of childhood anxiety."
You see, engaging in safety behaviours like reassurance, avoidance, rituals, and compulsions, or even relying on distraction techniques may seem like the right thing to do to ease your child's anxiety. But guess what? These actions can unintentionally perpetuate the cycle of anxiety."
magine it as a never-ending loop, where short-term relief can lead to long-term struggles. But don't worry, there's a way to break free from this cycle and set your child up for success!"
t's tough to watch our children suffer, but here's the secret: by gradually allowing them the space to face their fears and gently reducing or delaying safety behaviours, we can empower them to self-regulate and cope with the physical feelings of anxiety."
Think of it like this: just as a muscle needs exercise to grow stronger, your child's ability to tolerate uncertainty and manage anxiety requires practice. It's a journey, but trust me, the results will be worth it!"
By breaking the chain of events that fuel childhood anxiety, we're empowering our children to take control of their emotions and build resilience. Remember, short-term discomfort can pave the way for long-term success!"
So, as parents, let's support our children by giving them the tools and space they need to face their fears gradually. It may feel challenging at first, but together, we can help them develop the skills to cope with anxiety and embrace uncertainty."
In the end, it's all about fostering their independence and guiding them towards a brighter, anxiety-free future. You're doing great, and I'm here to support you every step of the way!"
Remember, breaking the cycle of childhood anxiety is a journey, but it's one that will bring incredible rewards. Stay strong, keep supporting your child, and let's conquer anxiety together!"
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HI THERE, I'M CLAIRE PEIRSON!
With a career working with young people spanning 20+ years, I'm privileged to have worked with hundreds of families in the Middle East and worldwide.
From teaching in primary schools, mindset coaching pro golfers to individual psychotherapy, I have focused my career on performance, dealing with intrusive thoughts and controlling anxious behaviour.
I now specialise in anxiety and OCD therapy for young people and coaching parents and schools how to support young people struggling with their worries.
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