Though our young generation is getting smarter and confident but still many young children get anxious when they meet new people or come across new situations. They timidly or anxiously cling to either their parents or some familiar one. Usually, it is not considered as abnormal but it is worth considering when they resist every normal things or when they get scared of routine situations or things. In such cases, it may take a lot of effort and time to help these children tackle things normally especially the ones they find fearful or difficult at first.
Most of the times, parents are ignorant towards their child’s insecurities until they start going to school or day-care. It may appear normal for the first time to leave a child crying with a care-taker or teacher, but it is upsetting for both the teacher and the parents to find him in this same insecure situation everyday. It is really useful for parents to discuss with the teacher and work out a strategy that can help the child take his fears out. More often, much of the child’s anxiety comes from the fear of unknown, lack of control, sensitive or shy nature in combination. School refusal and some strange behavior problems can be few of the anxiety symptoms a child may show.
When you see a normally happy child suddenly changing into emotional, depressed and withdrawn or with repeated headaches, then it becomes important to find out the reason for these changes. It will be good if parents talk to the teacher in this regard. Mind if these indications are left unnoticed, they may pose serious problems in your child’s future.
It is quite common for a child to be non expressive as they are unable to express their emotions properly, due to lack of words. Instead of admitting to fears, they may blame other things for their odd behavior. Lack of attention may also force a child to behave in abrupt and inappropriate ways to achieve the attention of others. Such behavior may include bed-time tantrums, stealing toys, denying for food, etc. Such children may break the things in anger or deny participating in sport activities.
Tips for Parents Spend sufficient time with your child
Be an emotional support of your child
Develop a sense of trust
Help develop problem solving skills of your child
Guide rather than control
Make them responsible for their activities
Encourage friendship with same age kids
Help them learn from their mistakes
Encourage their efforts not just successes
Give them your own examples
Make them disciplined