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Anxiety in preschoolers

Anxiety in preschoolers

A certain dose of anxiety is normal in preschoolers and is part of the normal emotional and behavioral development of the child. It is the period when there are many fears and fears. When the emotions and feelings that the child manifests do not adequately reflect the situations or affect their daily life, the parents must take action in this regard.

Types of anxiety in preschoolers

At preschool, children experience many types of anxiety, based on various fears or fears they develop during this period.

Separation anxiety

Although separation anxiety reaches its peak around the age of 18 months, ie before preschool age, it may reappear especially before enrolling the child in kindergarten. Therefore, the return of this type of anxiety has been associated with other specific events that may occur at this age: changing kindergartens, changing the nanny, spending a night with a friend at home, etc.

Common fears

Starting with this period all sorts of new fears appear or some older ones intensify. Phobias and fears arising from certain incidents to which witnesses or victims fell. For example, fear of dogs if bitten by one in the past, fear of cars if there were traumas or accidents in which he was involved, etc. The rest are common fears of the age - of darkness, of monsters under the bed or of closet, etc. Children from 3 to 6 years old are very easily influenced, so they can take over the fears of their brothers, colleagues, cartoon characters or story.

Social anxiety

Shyness is an extremely common emotional state among mourners. Some interact and bond with friends more easily than others. Others adapt more easily to various social contexts, public events or other social situations. But most preschoolers manage to overcome their shyness in time alone.

Avoid school

At the end of the preschool period, anxiety may arise from the school environment. Whether it is the fear of going to school or that of the various situations and perhaps even threats to which he is subjected in the institution are those that can lead to separation anxiety. Your little boy might ask to stay home, he could frequently invoke the reason that he is ill or that he does not like him at school because of threats he was subjected to, quarrels with a colleague or the aggressions of various kinds in which the victim fell.

How do you help your child overcome anxiety at preschool?

When your baby is anxious try to follow your mom's instincts first - hug him tight and make sure everything is in order. But it is not enough, because you have to help the child overcome fears to help develop a strong and confident child.

Talk to him about his fears!

Confirm your fear or fear to help him overcome it. When the little boy confesses to you the source of your fears, you can take the necessary measures to help him overcome them. The simple conversation with the little boy about fears and fears he has may be a download method for him. He will not feel so overwhelming and knows that you can help him be safe, only you are his mother, the person around whom he feels the most protected.

It continuously stimulates the confidence and self-esteem of the child!

Sometimes, it is not enough just to explain to him that there is no monster under his bed and that he can sleep peacefully. It is essential that starting with the preschool age, and even earlier, you begin to lay the foundation and strengthen the self-confidence and self-esteem of the child. They will help him to be stronger and master over him and not overwhelm his fears. You must never force him to overcome his fears by forcing him to face them. You have to be patient and let him overcome them at his own pace.

Help him overcome anxiety through play and play!

The games designed to overcome the frequent fears of children (darkness, insects, animals) help to gradually and safely desensitize the child to the causes of their anxiety.

Always keep an eye on what awaits you!

It is important that your little one is not taken by surprise when you enroll him in kindergarten or school. Talk to him some time in advance about these changes in his life and always prepare the ground for them. The little one will adapt more easily.

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