When kids are anxious, it’s natural to want to help them feel better. But by trying to protect them, you can accidentally make anxiety worse. It’s best to help kids overcome anxiety by teaching them to deal with it as it comes up.

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0:14 Don’t try to eliminate anxiety
1:00 Don’t avoid things just because they make a child anxious
1:35 Express positive, but realistic, expectations
2:08 Respect their feelings, but don’t empower them
2:36 Don’t ask leading questions
3:11 Don’t reinforce your child’s fears
3:34 Be encouraging
3:53 Try to keep the anticipatory period short
4:25 Think things through with your child
5:07 Try to model healthy ways of handling anxiety.

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