10 Things to Say to an Anxious Child

{Image Source: Dr. Lynne Kenney}

With estimates as high as 1 in 5 children being affected by a mental health concern, it is time to stand up and take notice.  Parents, teachers, physicians and anyone who cares for children need to be educated and informed to help ALL kids succeed. 

Anxiety is a tangible force in the lives of many kids.  It may range from mild to severe and can impact both social and academic aspects of a child's life.  Knowing what to say to help can make all the difference in the life of an anxious child. 

The image above, by Dr. Lynne Kenney, my co-author of Bloom, has a list of 10 helpful things to say to an anxious child.

It is true that some things parents and caregivers say and do may actually fuel the anxiety and exacerbate it, unbeknownst to the adult who is trying to be helpful.

If you deal with an anxious child, I HIGHLY recommend you get a copy of this book.  It will pay for itself over and over again:

For more great books to help with anxiety, look here:

And if you haven't already, be sure to check out our wildly popular post with 50 ways to help kids cope with anxiety:

Find it here.

Anxious kids can be helped, and like anything, the earlier the better.  If you have tried everything within your power to help your anxious child cope and met with limited success, ask your physician for a referral to a qualified, licensed mental health provider adept at treating children.


pricklymom said…
Wow, your post arrived in my email JUST as I was trying to research what to do with a four-year-old with anxiety. THANK YOU!!
So glad! Hope you find some things that are helpful!

Thanks for taking the time to drop us a line!

~Wendy =)
naomi said…
Such a shame to have to see so many children who feel anxious about life. The more help the better. Thank you Wendy.

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