18 May 2011

Parents get it right!

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Potent parenting

Parents generally have great instincts for managing their children's anxiety.

The difficulty occurs when parents are exhausted and lack the energy necessary to contain their children's distress with firm management. This is when parents sometimes back away from firm management because they are overwhelmed by their child's anxiety.

Parents think that anxious children need relaxed boundaries, and so they introduce changes to behavior rules and routines. Unfortunately, this can make anxiety worse, because any change is anxiety-provoking for human beings.

So, when your child is anxious, tighten up the boundaries around their behavior and routines.

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