Because anxiety is so common and such a typical part of children’s development, it can be hard to figure out when your child may need some extra support. After all, a little bit of anxiety is a good thing!
I see a lot of teens in my practice, and I have my own teens at home, so I can say with confidence that these last several months have been tough.
These last several months have been really hard and the next several weeks may be even harder. Trying to hold it together all of the time is an unrealistic expectation, and giving yourself permission to fall apart can be one way to practice self-compassion.
When so many aspects of our lives feel out of control, parents (and children) can benefit from focusing on self-compassion, flexibility, empathy, and support-seeking.