In some cases, the anxiety and concern escalate and become destructive and distracting. Our emotions muddle our thinking, overwhelm us, and keep us from spending quality time with our children.
The anxiety can sometimes be so pronounced in parents that the children also start to feel the anxiety. In fact, according to a study done by John Hopkins Children's Center and Dr. Tracey Marks, children with parents diagnosed with an anxiety disorder are seven times more likely to develop the disorder themselves.
Common symptoms of anxious parents can include:
Too often the children are left to manage parental anxiety, which can affect confidence, self-esteem and decision-making— both academically and socially.
How do we manage or stop our anxiety so it doesn't affect our kids?
Managing our chronic anxiety is a step toward a balanced emotional well-being and a healthy parent/child relationship. Here are some ideas to help you cope with parental anxiety:
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