For a variety of reasons, childhood anxiety rates are soaring, especially among girls. My guest Sissy Goff is here to share some of her insights on how to recognize worry and anxiety in your daughter and empower her to overcome.
We talk about tools we can use to help us understand why our brains are often working against us in times of anxiety and grounding techniques to slow and stop the emotional spiral that often ensues.
We always want her to know she’s stronger than her worries and that she has a voice to talk back to the worry. A lot of people who work with kids call it the worry monster because that separates it out from her voice. We don’t want her to think it’s the truth, which is what kids are going to think when they have voices in their heads telling them things.
This is a short, hope-filled bonus episode that just scratches the surface on all that we can learn about equipping our kids to work through anxiety. For more encouragement, follow Sissy and her team at https://www.raisingboysandgirls.com and watch for her book Raising Worry-Free Girls coming out September 17.
What we chat about:
1 in 4 kids are dealing with anxiety of some kind and girls are twice as likely to feel it
Anxiety is hard to recognize in kids. Sometimes it comes out as anger or meltdowns and other times it’s deeply buried
People whose personalities lean toward Type A tend to have baseline anxiety at all times. If your child’s personality leans that direction, it’s important to give them tools to deal with it
Anxiety is always an overestimation of the problem and an underestimation of ourselves
Techniques to help a child with anxiety calm down and redirect blood flow to their prefrontal cortex
Integrating our faith as we teach our kids to fight back against fear and worry
The “tween” years are a critical transition period in the life of a young girl. Girls this age are changing in profound ways, which makes it a little more complicated to know how to connect with them.
My friend Courtney DeFeo felt this tension as a mom of tween girls and has created an incredible resource designed for moms and daughters to help them have meaningful conversations during these critical years.
Loaded with fun activities and engaging content, the Treasured Study and the Treasured Journal will help moms and daughters talk about things they both care about. Things like: Identity, body, emotions, friendships, technology, and faith. You can get the Treasured journal and go through it alone with your daughter, or you can invite a group of moms and daughters to go through the same amazing content using the Treasured Study. Go to Treasuredstudy.com to find out more about the interactive experience that both moms and daughters are raving about.
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