Kids & anxiety

As an adult I have realized that I have dealt with anxiety since I was about 10 years old, except then no one knew or diagnosed children with such.

Now that I have children I realize that my daughter (7) has a lot of anxiety, probably starting when she began school at age 5. I began giving her natural anxiety & focus supplements  (nativeremedies.com) and they helped so much! I have had to tweak them over the years, and school vs summer times, but she really seems to do well on them.

I just found out my eldest SD (almost 9) has been experiencing severe anxiety, to the point that she hardly eats. Not sure exactly what the whole situation is since she doesn’t live with us, but it makes me wonder…

…why do our children have SO much anxiety! The pressures of the world should not be falling on our poor kids, and it doesn’t. I think my daughter’s stems from her personality that is like mine, she’s a planner, doesn’t like surprises. I don’t want my babies to have so much worry and anxiety about everyday life, I want them to be kids and enjoy the world around them.

How do we do this? How as parents today convince our children that we have everything under control?

I believe part of the increased anxiety in children is they know too much, not that it’s a bad thing, but people in general use to live in ignorant bliss. No one had instant news…from around the world…at the tip of their fingers…every second of the day! I went to a conference with my daughter’s teacher in the fall, and she was telling me about how they now have to do intruder internal & external drills at school now; similar to how we did fire & tornado drills when I was in school. She told me that even the drill made almost every child in her class nervous, and very anxious. That makes me so sad that this is the world we live in today…

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