POLL OF THE WEEK: While there’s definitely no hiding from anxiety as a child, can you put any roadblocks in place to battle it as an adult?
Name: Sonja Piccinini
Family: “We are a large family of five who attend our local Jewish school, where my daughter is in 6th grade and my son is in 8th grade. As a mom, I have to balance teaching my child to tell us when something is bothering him so that we can get help, while at the same time managing myself as well. After speaking with many of the other moms, I learned that the advice and planning strategies for dealing with our “children’s anxiety” are few. Based on my experience, there is usually more pressure on the moms than the kids in most situations. We parents must be mindful of how we communicate, strategize and lead our families. And if we are not doing it ourselves, I think we must take leadership on the parenting strategy front. This is essential for parents who love to have their children participating in extracurricular activities, sports and school programs. With such a wide variety of avenues to engage our children through extracurricular activities, it is essential that we understand the signs and symptoms of anxiety, and what to do if it begins to adversely affect our children. As a parent and child therapist, I try to help each parent guide their own child through an anxiety storm, so that their children may be able to thrive in those situations.”
Title: Child and Family Therapist and Speaker
School and Profession: Dauphin College, Berks Conservatory of Music, Gender Critical Education, Child Help Consulting
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