Anxiety II

"An anxious kid tends to be well-behaved, meticulous, cares about school, follows rules, and wants to please people."

More kids are living with anxiety, perhaps due to carrying external pressures (unrealistic academic achievement, social media, living with a parent or sibling experiencing mental illness) balanced with less opportunity to release (reduced unsupervised free to "be" time, limited access to nature, and a lack of opportunity to practice and develop coping skills). Often parents feel they need to protect their child from life, rather than prepare them for it.

What can mentors do to support these children and adolescents to understand, effectively manage, and harness the power of their anxiety?

This article shares ten practical strategies that can make a real difference.

Melissa Shadforth