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Parental Reassurance

Updated: 7 days ago

Lots of children worry excessively. As parents, we want to remove any distress a child experiences. With worry, this can be counter productive in the long term. Parents have a tendency to continuously reassure children. In most cases, this can reinforce worry and prevent a child from learning they are still safe without reassurance. Instead of providing specific reassurance, ask your child questions such as: What happened last time? Is there a similar experience you can refer to? What do you think? Shall we find out together? Lets see what happens. Initially there will likely be an increase in anxiety, but this will gradually reduce and the desire to obtain reassurance will also reduce too.


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