Anxiety coping skills help children and teenagers manage anxious feelings and actions. Emotion coaching also help children and teenagers cope with feelings like sadness and anger.
There are many positive ways to support the development of emotional coping skills. Children can learn to express and manage anxiety and other strong emotions in healthy ways. Without these and other key life skills like constructive problem-solving, anxiety can start to affect a child’s daily life. It can even affect how they feel physically.
When anxiety is starting to affect daily life, children and teenagers need help to work on specific anxiety coping skills. This helps them become more confident in their own ability to manage anxious feelings. Not just now, but in the future, too.
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How do I know if a child is especially anxious?
Children need to be loved and cared for, and shielded from genuine danger and harm. They need to have parents/carers involved in their lives. At the same time, too much of this can rob kids of confidence in their ability to handle challenges. They can end up relying too much on their parents instead of growing more independent. And if they never learn how to cope with anxiety and uncomfortable emotions, they will struggle in adulthood. Parents and carers can get the balance right, and support coping skills, by making positive changes.
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Is your child especially worried or anxious? Parents can prevent problems getting worse as they get older. The Fear-Less Triple P program gives everyone in the family (not just one child) the chance to benefit by learning new skills. Learn new ways to help your child or teenager manage challenges, overcome anxiety, and be more confident and resilient.