Anxieties are high. Kids are worrying. Adults are worrying. We’re all kind of in this big ole anxiety boat together. We could really use some solidarity and support right now. While recorded before COVID-19 hit, in this episode I talk about five simple things you can do with your anxious kiddos to help them right now.
When children struggle with anxiety, it can manifest itself in a variety of ways — anger, withdrawal, depression, avoidance, and everything in between. Parents and caregivers need a collection of strategies — tools to have at their disposal — to help their favorite kids in the moment when they’re struggling.
The Anxiety Toolkit is the result of years of talking with parents about the ways in which they help their kiddos manage their anxiety, research-based strategies, and her Colleen’s own experience in parenting children with anxiety. Overwhelmingly, parents have expressed the need to have the tools and strategies at their fingertips — in a format they can pull out and use in the moment they need it.
And so, The Anxiety Toolkit: 96 Ways to Help Your Child Calm Their Worries was created. It’s made of the exact same materials as a deck of poker cards so it’s durable, meant to be used, shuffled, and manipulated again and again. To make it super easy to pull out and find the strategy you need, the categories are color-coded and collected on a ring for portability and durability.
If your kiddo struggles with anxiety, you’ll want to grab a deck (or two) to have everywhere you go — in your home, your purse, and at the grandparent’s house. Talk through the strategies with your kiddos, and find the ones that work best for you.