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He’s asking a lot of questions about what’s on the news lately.
She seems nervous about everything.
Being a pre-teen is a peculiar age already – and now we are facing a worldwide pandemic and quarantine.
How do you help them cope?
Here are 3 Quick Tips on how to sooth your Catholic Tween’s Anxiety
More in depth resources are available to help both you and your child overcome anxiety in the Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry Catholic Mom Bundle – available only until March 27th.
Share your story
We have all felt anxiety at some point in our lives. Sometimes we forget how own life experience can truly be wisdom to share. Think about a time when you felt anxious. What was the best advice you got about how to deal with things that caused you fear or stress? What works for you now – and what never did. Sharing a personal story means a lot to our kids. They’ll remember it and take it to heart (even if they don’t show it).
Give Practical Strategies and independent techniques to help your child cope
Anxious Kids; Troubled Hearts is a practical guide to soothing childhood anxiety.
In this guide, Ginny names more than one dozen practical strategies that will help your child cope with high stress and feelings of anxiety.
A number of them are incorporated into the Be Yourself Journal for girls like: writing down worries; listing things you love; reading comforting Scripture passages as well as Saint quotes and pray.*
Other suggestions made by Ginny include deep breathing, visualization, movement and more.
Unlike the journal which is meant for tween girls; this resource if for the parents of the tween – both boys and girls.
Inside Anxious Kids; Troubled Hearts, you’ll find information, consolation, and practical, applicable coping strategies you can use right now.
Once you’ve made your way through the packet, you will:
• Understand how anxiety manifests in children
• Develop insight into the root of your child’s anxiety
• Have a basic, underlying strategy for dealing with global and acute anxiety in children
• Build a toolbox of specific techniques for easing a child’s anxiety
Anxious Kids; Troubled Hearts also includes prayers, scripture verses, and saint quotations perfect for restoring the whole family’s sense of peace.
Embrace Distractions and Genuine Bonding
Distraction is a form a pain management. Anxiety can be felt as emotional pain. In fact, distraction is one way to cope with panic disorder (Read more here: (Distraction Techniques for Panic Disorder)
According to Kidshealth.org:
“Doing things with those we feel close to deepens our bonds, allowing us to feel supported and secure.“
Pull out the Apples to Apples, a deck of cards, Pictionary or even the Chess Set. Play a game that will allow laughter and distraction.
After being home together all day, The Question Jar offers an easy way for families to connect and share. Contains a 26 page eBook and 150 printable prompts to cut apart and start using today!
Remember to never underestimate the power of prayer and complete surrender to Jesus. The Catholic Mom Bundle includes over 20 coloring pages that allow a person to spend time in prayer and meditation over Scripture verses, wisdom of the Saints and short prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our faith can provide great comfort in moments of uncertainty.