For those of you supporting a child with worries and anxiety, you are most likely already well aware that there are certain things one might do or say to help your child manage their worries and other things one could do or say that might push them further into Fight, Flight or Freeze mode. The article posted below shares some really great options of what could be said to your child when those worries start to creep inside their head.
Please note that some of the options are better used when you have some time (i.e. after dinner), and others could be used when the bus will be arriving in 5 minutes.
“Can you draw it?” is a great choice when a worry has been reoccurring and you have some time to discuss it at a calm time with your child.
“Let’s change the ending,” or “Which calming strategy do you want to use,” might be a great option when time is of the essence and you have already had conversations during quieter times and have come up with a plan.
Take a look and see which ones you think could be useful for your family and give them a try.